I saw a post on Facebook the other day that really blew me away. A man was asking about prayer. He did not know how to pray. He said he had been looking everywhere for a way to pray, for the right words. Apparently, I thought at the time that this man did not feel comfortable with God. This man thought that Our Lord needed to hear a formula from this man.
The formula came from the Lord Himself, Jesus Christ.
Our Father, who are in Heaven, hallowed be your Name. Your Kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
The people who were following Jesus asked Him how to pray and Jesus told him that prayer. It has several parts.
- Our Father
- Who are in Heaven
- Hallowed be your Name
- Your Kingdom Come, Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven
- Give us this day our daily bread
- Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.
- Lead us not into temptation
- Deliver us from evil
That is nine parts to the most important prayer ever.
When you say that the good Lord is “ours”, you are basically stating our common status of children of God. There are no superiors, but those that the Father has set. The father looks upon his daughter and knows that they are both linked to a Celestial Father who will in the end love them both equally. Also, everyone you meet is your brother or sister.
Saying that Father is in Heaven means to me that there is a separation between this corrupt and sometimes sublime world and the world of God. To me it means that we’re all on a journey to Heaven to see Our Father. He can be here, but He is up there.
Sacred. What do you consider sacred? Your mother’s heart might be something that you never want to break. Well, the Lord’s name is so sacred that people don’t know it. No one could utter it. Some people use Jesus Christ as a curse. In this part, I think that the prayer changes. Up until this point, the person praying is not asking for anything. Now, we she asks for something. She asks that His Name remain sacred.
The next part is another plea. This one is still for God. This the person praying chooses to pray for God’s Holy will to become reality. A lot of people ask me about God’s will and how to discern it. If it follows the ten commandments and the sermon on the mount, it probably fits.
Well then, we have to ask God for ourselves, too. We ask that we get something to eat, that He forgives us when screw up like we forgive each other, that we don’t get caught up in the lures of the world and that He protects us. That’s mostly all we need to be fulfilled and be happy.
Finally, we say Amen. That means, “Let it be.”
I am just beginning to learn about the prayers. I have been studying and praying on my own for about 10 years. I pray a lot, but God continues to surprise me every day with some new bloom of knowledge.
I wish that I could hear from you about your favorite prayers, but it’s difficult, I know.