Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power and glory forever. Amen. Matthew 6: 9-19.
I was given this prayer on a wall plaque when I was a child. I think it was my parents who gave it to me or it could have been my aunt and uncle. I can’t remember anymore. But this is the prayer that I was taught as a young child. I memorized this prayer and recited it many times growing up.
I don’t know that I knew exactly what it meant. It was good that I had it memorized and could recite it perfectly. I just knew that it was a good prayer. I also knew that Jesus said this prayer. That meant a lot to me as a child.
As I got older, I tried to analyze this prayer and what it meant. Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. The first line is pretty easy. God resides in heaven and His name is holy. It is above all other names. It goes along with the fourth commandment. Do not take the Lord’s name in vain. We are supposed to honor God. But God is also our Father. The one who loves us above all else.
Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. We are supposed to honor God on earth as it is done in heaven. I am not sure what heaven is like but I know there are many angels who honor God all the time. He is given honor and reverence and glory. His word is the law and we need to remember that while we are here on earth. He created everything and we need to give God the respect that He deserves.
Give us this day our daily bread. I see this as not only our food but everything that we need to live. We need to trust God to make sure we have food, shelter, health, and money. If we could just trust God to provide for us, we would be rewarded ten times over. But most of us just can’t do that and we always try to get more, earn more, work more, do more. It is scary but when you trust in God, He will not let you down.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. This does not mean that we should not pay back what we owe. It also does not just mean monetary items. I think it means whatever wrongs we have done, God will forgive us our sins as long as we ask for forgiveness. Then we also need to forgive those people that have wronged us. We need to look past the hurt and pain and forgive. At times, forgiving ourselves and others is extremely difficult. With prayer though, it can be done. I am still working on forgiving and forgetting. Letting go.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. This is a really hard one since Satan is constantly tempting us, luring us into sin. Look at the ten commandments. I don’t think any one of us can say we are not being tempted or have committed a sin. When you recognize that you have faults, you have sinned, asking God to help is a good thing.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power and glory forever. God is the ruler over all the earth, the heavens and everything else that surrounds us. We have no idea what heaven will be like or how much there is. Our brains would explode if we tried to comprehend it all. We don’t need to comprehend it. God has our backs. He has got control over all of it. Something I just don’t understand so I am more than happy to let God have it. All of it just like He has all of me. Amen.