Our Lord gave us a prayer that is the heart of the expression of the Christian life. When we pray “our,” we are confessing that we are part of a community and that we do not live alone. His children live beyond themselves. “Father” is a call to live in harmony with him and to be recognized as his offspring. The words “in heaven” clearly define that Father to whom we refer. We are striving to live on earth as citizens of something beyond earth. “Thy will be done” calls us into oneness with the mind of Christ. The ordinary believer is to live in the spirit of Gethsemane. When we pray “give us our daily bread,” we are stressing that it is God and not ourselves who supplies the most mundane part of everyday life. All that we are and all that we have is from him.
“Forgive us as we forgive” will remind us that our life is to be judged by him and that we will be judged as we judge. We are to live the life we wish all would live upon the earth. “Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil” recognizes that we are involved in forces beyond our control. This present world is created by God and yet corrupted. Finally, we surrender all rulership and glory to him and seal it with “Amen.”
Dr. Gary Allen Henecke, Pastor
First Church of the Nazarene
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