"The Our Father" by Mike Loosbrock

Greetings everyone! I have been looking at the Lord's Prayer, sometimes referred to The Our Father. At the church I grew up in, we memorized this prayer at a very young age, so I've known this prayer most of my life. Until recently, I had not really looked at the prayer in depth. My devotional time the last couple of weeks has been spent looking into it deeper.
It starts off by saying ”Our Father”, not my Father - this unites all Christians.
“Hallowed be thy name” - God's name is holy.
“Thy Kingdom Come” - we are praying for God's Kingdom to take form in the here and now so we can live by faith, hope, and love.
“Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven” - His will is that we praise Him and love one another.
“Give us this day our daily bread” - we look at this part of the prayer, and we think of our nourishment for the physical body. But it is much more than that. We are asking for spiritual sustenance to go into the world and make disciples.
“And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us” - for this part of the prayer, we are asking for forgiveness, and that may be easy, but the second part of forgiving others may not be so easy for some of us. Prayer time is a good place to start when we want to forgive others while we are talking with God.
”And lead us not into temptation.'' Here is the difficult one for me. To some of us, this part of the prayer sounds like God leads us into temptation. God doesn’t lead us to sin, we do that all on our own. In this part of the prayer, we are acknowledging our weakness and asking God to help us and guide us to
move away from sin.
”But Deliver Us from Evil.” This portion covers the times we fall prey to temptation and sin. We are asking God to liberate us from evil’s grip. When we are at a loss on how to pray, The Lord's Prayer is a good place to start. If you would like someone to pray with you or for you, you can contact us at Lakeside Church.
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