Mat 6:7 “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.”
Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
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 was intended to give us an example of the type
of prayer that is pleasing to God and to show us that we have the
awesome privilege of communicating with God. It was not intended
to be a prayer that repeat over and over to talk to God. It was designed by
a loving God to give us an example of His love for us as His sheep. Listen to some
thoughts on how to make it meaningful to God and you.
Phil 4:6 “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and
supplication, let your requests be made known to God.”
“Our Father which art in heaven …”
“Please. I’m praying.”
“You called me.”
“Called you? I didn’t call. I’m praying.
Our Father which art in heaven …”
“There … you did it again.”
“Called me. You said, Our Father which art
in heaven. Here I am. I want to be your Father, if you will allow Me.
What’s on your mind?”
“But I didn’t mean anything by it. I was, you know, just saying my
prayers for the day. I always say the Lord’s Prayer. It makes me feel
good, doing my duty.”
“All right. Go on.”
“Hallowed be thy name …”
“Hold it! What do you mean by that?”
“By ‘hallowed be thy name’?”
“It means … it means … good grief! I don’t know what it means. How
should I know? It’s just a part of the prayer. By the way, what does it mean?”
“It means honored … holy … wonderful.”
“Hey, that makes sense. I never thought about what ‘hallowed’ meant
before. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
“Do you really mean that?”
“Sure, why not?”
“What are you doing about it?”
“Doing? Nothing, I guess! I just think it would be kind of
neat if you got control of everything down here like you have up there.”
“Have I got control of you?”
“Well … I go to church.”
“That isn’t what I asked you. What about your bad temper?
You’ve really got a problem there, you know. And then there’s the way
you spend your money …all on yourself. And what about the kind of
books you read? And most important, do you really know Me?”
“Stop picking on me! I’m just as good as some of the rest of those
people at the church.”
I thought you were praying for my will to be done. If that is to
happen, it will have to start with the ones who are praying for it … like you,
“Oh, all right. I guess I do have some hang-ups. Now that you mention
it, I could probably name some others.”
“Yes, my child.”
“I haven’t thought about it very much until now, but I really would like
to cut out some of those things.
I would like to …
you know … be really free.”
“Good … now we’re getting somewhere! We’ll work together,
you and I. Some victories can truly be won. I’m proud of you.”
“Lord, I need to finish up here. This is taking a lot longer than it
usually does. Give us this day, our daily bread.”
“You need to cut out the bread. You’re overweight as it is.”
“Hey, wait a minute! Here I was doing my religious duty, and all of a
sudden you break in and remind me of all my hang-ups.”
“Praying is a dangerous thing. You could wind up changed, you know.
That’s what I’m trying to get across to you. You called me, and here I am.
It’s too late to stop now. Keep praying. I’m interested in the next part of
Well … go on!”
“I’m scared to.”
“Scared? Of what?”
“I know what You’ll say.”
“Try me and see.”
“Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.”
“What about Ann?”
“See? I knew it! I knew you would bring her up! Why Lord, she’s told
lies about me, spread stories about my family. She never paid back the
debt she owes me. I’ve sworn to get even with her!”
“What about your prayer?”
“I guess I didn’t mean it.”
“Well, at least you’re honest. But it’s not much fun carrying that load
of bitterness around inside, is it?
“No, but I’ll feel better as soon as I get even. Boy, have I got some
plans for that neighbor. She’ll wish she had never moved into this neighborhood.”
“You won’t feel any better. You’ll feel worse. Revenge isn’t sweet.
Think of how unhappy you already are. But I can change all that.”
“You can? How?”
“Forgive Ann. Then I’ll forgive you. Then the hate and sin will be
Ann’s problem and not yours. You will have settled your heart.
Some hurt and memory may remain, but you can forgive.”
“Oh, you’re right. You always are. And more than I want to revenge
Ann, I want to be right with you. (pause) … (sigh). Alright!
Alright! I forgive her! Help her to find the right road in life, Lord. She’s
bound to be awfully miserable now that I think about it. Anybody who
goes around doing the things she does to others has to be out of it.
Someway, somehow, show her the right way.”
“There now! Wonderful! How do you feel?”
“Hmmmm … well, not bad. Not bad at all. In fact, I feel pretty
great! You know, I don’t think I’ll have to go to bed uptight tonight
for the first time since I can remember. Maybe I won’t be so tired from
now on because I’m not getting enough rest.”
“You’re not through with your prayer. Go on.”
“All right. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”
“Good! Good! I’ll do that. Just don’t put yourself in a place
where you can be tempted. Run from the temptations.”
“What do you mean by that?”
“Don’t turn on the TV when you know the laundry needs to be
done and the house needs to be picked up. Also, about the
time you spend having coffee with your friends … if you can’t
influence the conversation to positive things, perhaps you should
re-think the value of those friendships. Another thing, your
neighbors and friends shouldn’t be your standard for keeping up
with. You must really want to flee, no bargaining.”
“I don’t understand the last part.”
“Sure you do. You’ve done it a lot of times. You get caught in a
bad situation. You get into trouble and then you come running to me.
“Lord, help me out of this mess, and I promise you’ll never do it again.”
You remember some of those bargains you tried to make with me?”
“Yes and I’m ashamed, Lord. I really am.”
“Which bargain are you remembering?”
“Well, there was the night that Bill was gone and the children and I
were home alone. The wind was blowing so hard I thought the roof
would go any minute and tornado warnings were out. I remember
praying, ‘Oh God, if you spare us, I’ll never skip my devotions again.”
“I protected you, but you didn’t keep your promise, did you?”
“I’m sorry, Lord. I really am. Up until now I thought that if I just
prayed the Lord’s Prayer every day, then I could do what I liked.
I didn’t expect anything to happen like it did.”
“Go ahead and finish your prayer.”
“For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.”
“Do you know what would bring me glory? What would really make me
“No, but I’d like to know. I now want to please you. I can see what a
mess I’ve made of my life. And I can see how great it would be to
really be one of your followers.”
“You just answered the question.”
“Yes. The thing that would bring me glory is to have people like you
truly love me. And I see that happening between us. Now that some
of these old sins are exposed and out of the way, well, there is no telling
what we can do together.”
“Lord, let’s see what you can make of me, okay?”
“Yes, let’s see.”
Mat 6:1-13 “Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven. Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly. “And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. 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. Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. 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.