Monday, December 3, 2012

Lord's Prayer

Few years ago, when I was working at a Christian company, we were asked to pray Lord’s Prayer for the company. Last Christmas, I joined hands with my friends, and said grace with Lord’s Prayer for the feast. Sometimes at church, we would bow our heads, and pray Lord’s Prayer for the congregation.

Lord’s Prayer is everywhere in my Christian walk. I recognized the Great Commission in it from the part says, “hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done”. The gratitude of it from the part says, “Give us our daily bread.” The graciousness of it from the part says, “Forgive our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” Sometimes, I think it is important just because it’s what Christ taught us to pray. But recently, through the trial in my life I found a deeper meaning of it.

Lord’s Prayer – Matthew 6:9-13
“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.”

Lord’s Prayer is a God-focused prayer. To understand Lord’s Prayer better, we must first understand what “temptation” is. Temptation is often associated with something negative or lustful, but they are just part it. Temptation can sometimes come from something good and positive. This makes a better sense when we put Lord’s Prayer back into its context in Matthew 6: in giving, the temptation is to gain a good name and fame. In fasting, the temptation is to appear devoted.

All in all, temptation is something that draws our eyes away from God, and more precisely, away from God’s will. Therefore, Christ continued to teach us – we should store up our treasures in heaven, because where our treasure is, there our heart will be. We are not to worry about the trivial things in life, but rather we should fix our eyes on God’s will.

I think what Christ wants to teach us through His prayer can be summarized in this succeeding verse: “seek first his kingdom and his righteousness”. Therefore, this is what I now mean when I pray Lord’s Prayer: “Father, I want to glorify your name. Let me seek your kingdom and your will before anything. Please don’t let daily errands get in the way, because I know that through my prayer to you all my needs will be taken care of. Please forgive me according to your love, and make me worthy for your service, so that I may love your people with that love. Father, it is only with your power that I may be kept away from temptation, and be freed from what keeps me captive.”

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