The Lord’s Prayer Part 4

    Matthew 6:7-13
    7 “And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.
    8 “Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.
    9 “In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father 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 forgive our debtors.
    13 And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer starts and ends with Jesus talking about His Father’s kingdom in vs 9,10, and 13: “Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.”

It’s these beginning and ending verses we’ll focus on this week. What stands out to us, what can we learn from these short verses?

God is holy, His name is holy!

    Psa 105:3 “Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice.”

What does “Holy” mean? Sanctified, blessed, clean, consecrated, pure, spotless, untainted.

    Exodus 20:7 “You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God.”

How many of us have heard God’s holy name used as a curse word, or how many of us have even used it ourselves that way? I can imagine:
If every time someone got upset, angry, or even was using casual foul language, they used my name – I would be so hurt! It’s not my fault he stubbed his toe, or she broke that vase, or he got into an argument with his brother. Why blame me? Why curse my name? Yet my name is not even holy. God’s name is holy perfection. Glorious. Yet people commonly use it as part of their foul language. God says that is wrong, and commands us not to do that.

{Big side note here: I remember when I was in about the 6th grade, I asked a teacher (I went to a Catholic school) why we couldn’t use regular swear words. In my 12 year old rationale, the commandment just says to not use God’s name in vain, but there are a whole lot of other curse words out there that don’t include God’s name in them. This teacher didn’t provide me a very good answer at the time, but I later found it in the Bible:

    Ephesians 4:29 “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”

That foul language is certainly “unwholesome talk”. And we can easily have unwholesome talk without using a single curse word.}

His kingdom is coming!

How is kingdom defined? Domain, empire, realm, rule, sovereignty.

    Matthew 6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

In our house, we got a new kitten this week. Have you ever held a scared little kitten or pup, (or any baby animal) and tried to comfort it? It’s scared, it doesn’t know what is out there in that big world, it doesn’t know where it will live, or where its next meal is coming from. But I (the kitty owner) have those answers. I think that’s a little how we are with The Lord. Animals can be smart, but their brains are limited. They can’t talk, do math, plant a garden in neat rows, or rebuild a car engine. Our brains are just as limited and small compared to the mind of God. The Lord knows everything, sees everything, created everything. We are at times like that scared pup or kitten. We don’t see or know the big picture. He does. He holds our future in His hands. We are called to seek His kingdom.

    Matthew 13:44-46 “The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid again; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
    Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls, and upon finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.”

God’s kingdom that we are called to seek is His realm, His goodness, His grace – it’s heaven. These verses in Matthew give us two examples that we can understand. Finding Jesus and His way to heaven is of such great value, it’s worth giving up everything in this life for that one precious thing – eternal life with Jesus.

We want His will to be done!

Because it is His kingdom, and we know He wants to bless us, we should ask Him to do His will. The verse in Matthew 6 above says to “seek first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness”. That means we should be desiring and asking God to help us do His will. We want to build His kingdom, not our own. Then His kingdom (eternal life with Jesus) and His righteousness will be added to us.

He has the power!

So in Him, we can be strong:

    Ephesians 6:10 “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.”

When you and I are going through the tough things in life, He tells us to hang in there! Don’t give up! Be strong in The Lord! Trust in Him and in His strength!

God can do anything.

    Matthew 19:26 “But Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’ ”

This is so true, and I have seen this in my own life. God has done miraculous things that I thought were impossible.

    Jeremiah 10:12 “It is he who made the earth by his power, who established the world by his wisdom, and by his understanding stretched out the heavens.”

He made it all and He knows it all. He gets all the glory!

We are nothing without God.
The Bible tells us in Psalm 139

    “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.”

He created the entire universe, and He certainly created, molded and shaped me while I was still inside my mother. He deserves all of the honor and glory we can possibly give Him.

Remember the verse in the Gospel of Luke where the angels appeared to the shepherds in the fields when baby Jesus was born? What did the angels sing to the shepherds that night?

    “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” Luke 2:14

Philippians 2:9-11 tells us that our purpose in this life is to glorify the Lord through Jesus and that one day all of us will bow our knee and glorify God.

    “For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

We glorify God today by accepting the free gift of salvation that Jesus offers us, and by then allowing Him to work in our lives and through our lives so that OTHERS can see Him in us. God is glorified!

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