More Practical Prayer Insight from the Lord’s Prayer

“Who are in Heaven” reminds us of God’s unlimited power to do what we can’t.

“Hallowed by they name” distinguishes his name and character from all others. In an age where respect for authority is disappearing because it challenges our self-importance, Jesus teaches us to pray, “Heavenly Father, empower us to give You the place Your holy name and character deserve.”

“Thy kingdom come” is brought into operation in this world every time you submit to God’s will. As believers we are in God’s Kingdom and His power is available to us.

“Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” In heaven, God’s will is never questioned. Jesus instructs us to pray and believe that what happens in heaven will also happen through you here on earth.

“Give us each our daily bread.” Your Father is willing to meet your physical and financial needs.

“Forgive us our debts…” The moment you enter God’s presence you become aware of your sin. And Satan will try to bring condemnation on you. How? By making you feel unwelcome and uneasy in God’s presence. But Satan is a liar. Romans 8:1.  God’s Spirit brings your sins to light not to condemn you, but to motivate you to confess them & receive his forgiveness.

“…as we forgive our debtors.” Forgiving others isn’t an option, it’s an obligation.

“Deliver us from evil.” So, should we fear Satan? No, but we must be alert to his strategies (1 Peter 5:8-9). When alert and fully armed we need not be afraid of Satan (1 John 4:4). The Holy Spirit within you is what empowers you to resist the Devil (Luke 10:19).

“For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever.” What a final note of praise and recognition! Your prayers are certain to be effective when you pray in faith to such a God.


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