When you really savor the words of the Lord’s Prayer (sometimes called the Our Father), you realize its beauty. It is actually recorded in scripture in two places (Matthew 6:9-13 and Luke 11:1-4), and therefore is special:
8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. 9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.11 Give us this day our daily bread.12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. Matthew 6:9-13
I remember being in one church and praying the Lord’s prayer where the ‘Amen’ was after the word ‘evil’ and then being in another church where the ‘Amen came after the for ever. Sometimes people use ‘trespass’ instead of debt, some use ‘heavens’ in one place instead of heaven. Regardless, looking at the heart of what is being said in this verse, we can see that Jesus was teaching people how to go face to face with God in prayer (prosuche in Greek). We are to approach him as a Father and he is a Father that knows everything we need before we ask him.
‘Hallowed’ means special and holy; we approach our Father respectfully. We don’t have to complain or murmur. God not only is able to bless us, he is willing.
In the Greek translation, the first ‘heaven’ is actually plural. The heavens include the earth. The earth is suspended in the heavens. God is not a distant God. Many people view him that way but he is as close as our breath. He is all around us. We are engulfed in his creation.
Just as manna was provided for the children of Israel in the wilderness, God provides for us today, spiritually as well as mentally and physically. For all that he give us in these categories, we probably should owe him, but he has forgiven our lack or debts in all three categories. That’s a lot to shout about and realizing it keeps us tender towards others.
Verse 13 has come into the theological news lately. For many years people downplayed the devil and his role on this earth. Evil exists, BUT God doesn’t lead us into it!
13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: James 1:13
He delivers us out of evil as we pray. It is an important aspect of prayer that we need to recognize.
This prayer taught by Jesus was not supposed to be memorized and repeated over and over. (look up verse 7 to see the context) It was an example of how people could talk to God in prayer. This is how we do FaceTime with God.