Have you ever wondered how God looks at prayer? Fortunately He has put it in plain sight for everyone to see…
The Lord’s Prayer contains several powerful statements about the Lord and His relation to His people. I wonder what would happen if our hearts could truly grasp these realities as we prayed?
Our Father in Heaven
The Lord of Heaven has made us His children, and takes responsibility for us as our loving Father.
Hallowed be Your Name
The Lord is holy and must be hallowed in every thought and relation.
Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven
The Sovereign Lord reigns over all things, and is fully intent that His will be performed on Earth without question or hesitation, even as it is in Heaven.
Give us the day our daily bread
The Lord Himself is the Source of our sustenance.
Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors
The Lord alone can forgive our sins, and will do so in direct proportion to our forgiving those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil
The Lord alone is our victory over all that is evil.
For Yours is the Kingdom and the power and the glory forever
The Lord reigns in the power to fulfill His reign and be glorified in His creation and His people.
Our heart fully believes and completely agrees with all that we have just prayed.
Contemplating these truths as we pray this prayer will help us reach a whole new level in our relationship with the Lord. This will better equip us for living in the Reign.
You say your prayers are not getting answers? Nothing seems to happen when you pray? Maybe you are leaving out something very basic, yet very important.
When you pray, do you ever consider what is on God’s mind and what He would like to see done? Or do you simply show up with a shopping list of what you would like to see done? I wonder if we wouldn’t get a lot further a lot faster if we would put the Lord’s agenda first?
This is a great question that deserves a straightforward answer. Allow me to offer some perspectives as to why the practice of prayer is important.