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What on Earth have we done with the Teachings of Jesus? ~ The Lord’s Prayer Part 2

Continuing on with our study into The Lord’s Prayer – 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. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. Matt 6:9. The Lord’s Prayer.

 Deliverance
  
 Be calm, be quiet, rest in Me;
 You are truly Mine.
 Joy in the very beauty of Holiness
 In My love Divine.
  
 Deliverance is here for you.
 Let your heart not be one that hesitates
 For thankfulness and joy are
 The keys that open the gates.
  
 Try in all things to be very thankful and glad
 For I do not give My blessings to quiet resignation
 But to the one who lives
 In joyful acceptance and anticipation.
  
 By the late Andrew Feakin (passed away 16th March 2019) 

Give us this day

Henry says – Give us this day our daily bread. Our natural, physical being is necessary to our spiritual well-being in this world. After the things of God’s glory, Kingdom, and will, we pray for the necessary supports and comforts of this present life. These are the gifts of God, and must be asked of Him—Bread for the day approaching and for all the remainder of our lives. Bread for the time to come, or bread for our subsistence (Prov. 30:8 Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread). 

Every word here has a lesson in it. We ask for bread which teaches us moderation and self-control. By asking for bread, not dainties, we do not ask for an overabundance but for that which is wholesome. We ask for our bread which teaches us honesty and hardwork. We do not ask for the bread out of other people’s mouths, nor the bread of deceit (Prov. 20:17), nor the bread of idleness (Prov. 31:27), but the bread honestly gotten.

We ask for our daily bread which teaches us not to take thought for tomorrow (Matt. 6:34), but constantly to depend upon Divine Providence, as those who live from hand to mouth. We beg of God to give it us, not sell it us, nor lend it us, but give it. The greatest of men must be beholden to the mercy of God for their daily bread.

Renew the desire of our souls toward God

We pray, “Give it to us; not to me only, but to others in common with me.” This teaches us charity, and a compassionate concern for the poor and needy. We pray that God would give it to us this day. Just as the wants of our bodies are renewed, this teaches us to renew the desire of our souls toward God. Just as day follows night we must pray to our heavenly Father, and surmise that just as we could not go a day without a meal, we cannot go without prayer.

Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. This is connected with the former for it continues with ‘and forgive’, intimating, that unless our sins be pardoned, we will have no comfort in life. It intimates, likewise, that we must pray for daily pardon, as we pray for daily bread

In this is a petition, Father in heaven forgive us our debts, our debts to You. Our sins are our debts. As creatures there is a debt of duty that we owe to our Creator. We do not pray to be discharged from that debt. For not observing the precept of the law, we stand obliged to the penalty. Our hearts’ desire and prayer to our heavenly Father every day should be, that He would forgive us our debts, that the obligation to punishment be cancelled and that we may not come into condemnation.  The great plea we have to rely upon is in the dying of the Lord Jesus. He is our surety and our Bail. In this the wrath of God is satisfied for the sin of all mankind.

We must forgive and forget

To enforce this petition is the argument: as we forgive our debtors. This is not to our merit, but by His grace. Those who come to God for the forgiveness of their sins against Him, must make conscience of forgiving those who have offended them. Otherwise they curse themselves when they say the Lord’s prayer. Our duty is to forgive our debtors. Just as in debts of money, we must not be severe in extracting from those who cannot pay. But this means a debt of injury. Our debtors are those who trespass against us, who afflict us (Matt. 5:39, 40).

In the strictness of the law, they might be prosecuted for it. But we must forgive the abuse and any wrongs done to us. This is a moral qualification for pardon and peace. It encourages us to hope that God will forgive us. If there be in us this gracious disposition, it has been given by God, and is a perfection eminently and transcendently in Him. It is an evidence to us that He has forgiven us, having worked in us the condition of forgiveness.

Deliver us from evil

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Having prayed that the guilt of sin may be removed, we pray that we may never return again to foolishness. It is not as if God tempted us to any sin, but, “Lord, do not let Satan loose upon us, chain up that roaring lion, for he is subtle and spiteful. Lord, do not leave us to ourselves (Ps. 19:13), for we are very weak. Lord, do not lay stumbling-blocks and snares before us, nor put us into circumstances that may be an occasion to fall.” Temptations are to be prayed against, because of the discomfort and trouble they bring. If we don’t we are in danger of being overcome by them and the guilt and grief that then follows.

But deliver us from evilfrom the evil one, the devil, the tempter. “Keep us, that we may not be assaulted by him, or that we may not be overcome by those assaults”.  “Lord, deliver us from the evil of the world, the corruption that is in the world through the lust for more. Keep us from the evil of death, from the sting of death, which is sin. Deliver us from ourselves, from our own evil hearts and deliver us from evil men, that they may not be a snare to us, nor we a prey to them.”

Prayer of the Day

Father I come to You. I pray that You give us this day our daily bread. I will trust in You for all my tomorrows for I know You have never failed me. May I always have compassion on the poor and needy and be willing to share what I have. Help me to renew the desire of my soul toward You. May I always be willing to pray to You.

Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. May I pray for daily pardon, as I pray for daily bread. May my hearts’ desire be that You would forgive me my debts and that I may not come into condemnation.  I know I can rely upon the death of the Lord Jesus. For He is my surety and my Bail.

May I always be conscientious in forgiving those who have offended me. To forgive and forget any abuse and wrongs done to me. For in this I can be encouraged to hope that You will forgive me. And lead me not into temptation, but deliver me from evil. May I never return again to foolishness. Do not let Satan loose upon me, and do not leave me to myself, for I know that I am weak. But deliver me from the evil one, the devil, the tempter.

Keep me that I may not be assaulted by him.  Lord, deliver me from the corruption that is in the world through lust and from the evil in the world. Keep me from the the sting of death, which is sin. Deliver me from myself, from my own evil heart and deliver me from evil men, that they may not be a snare to me, nor I a prey to them. In the name of Christ I pray. Amen.

The Lord’s prayer Part 2

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