My Reflections On the Lord’s Prayer
On many occasions, I have often repeated the Lord’s prayer. It is so familiar that the words just come out some times without much thought. It is a prayer most people know. Often recited in church on Sunday, at funerals and maybe at weddings, I wonder if we really consider what we say.
Recently I stopped as I began repeating the words. I questioned myself. Do I really know what I am saying? Do I really believe and mean that prayer. Sitting silently in my secret place with God I stopped to meditate on this prayer. Here are my inner thoughts and I share them with you.
Yes, God you really are my Father, and you are the one who gives me life. Do I have a good understanding of you as a father? My earthly father was not the greatest example of what a father should be. Do I reflect that earthly image upon you or have I allowed you to redefine what a father really should be.
WHO ART IN HEAVEN
Heaven? Just where is heaven and what is it truly like? Heaven is your dwelling place and the Bible tells me much about your dwelling place. Your Son Jesus promised that there were many mansions there, He left this world and went back to heaven and said we can go there also. I look forward to that day when all of your children gather home in Father’s place.
HALLOWED BE THY NAME
What can I say, you name is so holy and righteous that I whisper it as I pray. A name so revered. In this prayer, I acknowledge just how holy you are.
THY KINGDOM COME
God this world will finally be at peace when you establish your kingdom here on earth. I look for that day God when you will rule this world again.
THY WILL BE DONE
I seek Lord each day for your will in my life. I want to walk in your ways God.
We certainly have messed up your earth Father. If we would just learn your ways the earth, this planet we reside on would certainly be a better place.
AS IT IS IN HEAVEN
You have absolute authority in Heaven – Lord one day you will have absolute authority on this earth. There is no question in Heaven as to who rules.
GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD
God we have so much and we forget that you are the giver of everything. We are a selfish bunch and are not content with your daily provisions. It seems we are never content. We truly would be better served if we concentrated on our daily bread.
AND FORGIVE US OUR DEBTS (trespasses, sins)
I like this part. I need your forgiveness. The weight of my sins is heavy but your forgiveness brings freedom to my life. I just need to ask in sincerity Father, and you forgive.
AS WE FORGIVE OUR DEBTORS
This is the hard part. Sometimes I do not want to forgive. The hurt was so great that it seems I cannot relinquish the hurt. I know if I hold that grudge and un-forgiveness in my heart I will be the one destroyed inside. I find freedom in releasing and forgiving. When I do this, I find forgiveness for myself.
LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION
I don’t need help to find temptation I do this by my own selfish ways. I allow myself to be in compromising situations and I find myself asking, “How could I let this happen? Lord keep me from the temptation of this world.
BUT DELIVER US FROM EVIL
I know, in my heart of hearts, you are the deliverer. You are the only one who can truly deliver me from the evil of this world and keep me in you love and grace.
FOR THINE IS THE KINGDOM
This whole world belongs to you and Lord you are the King of Kings. You are my God and King and I acknowledge your leadership and ownership of my life
AND THE POWER
All power in heaven and earth belong to you. I stand in awe.
AND THE GLORY
I know that this finite mind cannot comprehend your glory God. Your glory is beyond compare and there is nothing like your glory.
Unending, eternal, everlasting are words that come to my mind when I think of forever. Your word tells us “…And He shall reign forever and ever.”
So next time you repeat the Lord’s Prayer, stop and think about what you are praying. It just might change the way you think and pray.