Sermon Thought: 1/24/16

“Pray, then, in this way:

‘Our Father who is in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
10 ‘Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
11 ‘Give us this day our daily bread.
12 ‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 ‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. [For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’]

Matthew 6:9-13 (NASB)

Ken Hemphill points out three “commitments” in the first two verses in the Lord’s Prayer.

When we pray for God’s name to be “hallowed” or “holy” we are making the commitment to live a life defined by holiness. We honor His name by living in such a way that we bring Him glory.

Praying for His “kingdom come” is more than looking forward to eternity in heaven. It’s a commitment to participate in the spread of His kingdom here on earth. Right here. Right now.

If we pray His “will be done” we are committing to be obedient and trust Him no matter what we face. We know that He is able to accomplish anything.

This simple prayer is powerful if we really believe what we are praying. It isn’t a magical incantation that we memorize and parrot back to God. It isn’t about asking or telling God what we need or want. It’s all about Him. We when understand this we slowly begin to see the world through His eyes. That is our goal.

Grace and peace.

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