On the Lord’s Prayer
These reflections have been rattling round in my head for a few weeks, after Caz’s sermon, but were only put to paper at 2.20am* on 2nd March 2018: I suppose you could call them Ron’s Birthday Broadcast!
I believe the Lord’s Prayer is a guideline to help us to think when we pray, not just yammer out words to an unfeeling God.
“Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be your name.”:
We start in an intimate relationship with a loving Father, then somewhat paradoxically we are reminded that He is an awesome God. That alone I find awesome; God allows each one of us to have an intimate relationship with Him, the God of all creation!
“Your Kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”:
This re-emphasises who God is, and how it is good to be “on the same wavelength” with Him.
“Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.”:
This shows us we can ask God to supply our needs on a daily basis. The more time we spend with Him the stronger our relationship becomes. I sometimes think we should add a please and thank you in that first sentence!
When we ask for God’s forgiveness we should remember there are consequences if we are not prepared to forgive others. It is not always easy, but just remember how much it cost God to forgive us!
“Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”:
I don’t think God does lead us into temptation; sometimes we can find our way there ourselves! However when we find ourselves in those situations through our own deliberate actions or inactions, He can, and will, deliver us from the evil one, if only we take His hand and walk with Him. When we stumble God will help us up, ready to take the next step on our journey with Him. It’s a case of getting back into that close intimate relationship we were in, in verse 1.
“For yours is the Kingdom, and the power and the glory for ever. Amen.”:
Here we come full circle, by getting back to also realising how awesome God is, and acknowledging His Lordship. It’s not a case of being over-familiar with Him and losing respect and reverence, but recognising that our Almighty God wants to have a daily intimate relationship with each and every one of us!
We can then pray knowing that He is listening to our prayers, and acting on them.
(*finished at 3.05 am!)Tags: Magazine, Ron