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As a child, we grew up thinking that something is wrong with our prayers when we don’t summarize it “Our Lord’s Prayer”, I even thought that the reason why we don’t get answers were because we did not pray that prayer. We were meant to understand it as a magic word that works wonders when recited! I treasured it as the Muslims treasured their recitations.

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Many times we keep arguing over things that are so clear in the scriptures! Issues like the relevance of our Lord’s Prayer have always caused divisions among believers. Some argue that since Jesus prayed that prayer, it must be strictly adhered to! Well, that is number one lie! Jesus didn’t pray that prayer.

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In Matthew 6:9-13 Jesus said “This, then, is how you should pray…” He didn’t say “this is how I pray!” Jesus prayed entirely a different prayer! Jesus never requested for daily bread because He had every supply He ever needed, Jesus also said the father is in Him and He is in the father! Jesus identified Himself as the express image of God! In John 10:30 Jesus said “I and the Father are one.” If that is true, then that prayer isn’t relevant for Him. He understands God beyond the father in heaven but the father inside of Him. His relationship with God is of a union!

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“The Lord’s Prayer” isn’t a magic word or spell that we are meant to recite all the time. Jesus said to them “this is how you should pray” and not “this is what you should say”. Are you getting something? It was simply a guideline given to them, with that guideline they can understand what was God’s will for them so that they can pray according to God’s will! Jesus was simply giving those points to pray about and those points were in line with what He came to do! John the Baptist was a witness for this when he said in Matthew 3:2

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“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”

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Jesus quoted the same thing when He said in Matthew 4:17

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“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”

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Was Jesus talking about rapture? No! He was talking about the dwelling of God’s spirit in man which is only possible after the man has repented by believing in the finished work of Jesus. So, when He said “thy kingdom come” it was a demand and an echo of what has been established! God declared in Zechariah 2:10

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“Shout and be glad, Daughter Zion. For I am coming, and I will live among you,” declares the LORD.”

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The coming of Jesus fulfilled that! Jesus lived among us but then through the Holy Spirit, Jesus lives inside of us! That is God’s will that was demanded for! In other words, the Lord’s Prayer as given before His death was communicated to people who never understood God! Does this mean it is wrong to pray the Lord’s Prayer? It may sound annoying but a new creature shouldn’t be praying that prayer anymore because it wasn’t given to him! Jesus gave this prayer to people who really had a wrong view of God! Jesus gave it to them to further expose their ignorance.

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Can’t you see that Psalm 23 is entirely different? David was confessing from a place of knowledge and trust as he declared “I shall not want” which means “I have everything I need”. While the Lord’s Prayer is asking God to deliver us from all evil, David was declaring “even though I walk through the valleys of shadows of death, I shall fear no evil. For thou art with me” Can you see and feel absolute trust from David’s confession? David understood God’s grace so much! He saw Grace when he fought the beast and Goliath! He saw Grace when he was picked from the bush and anointed king of Israel just like that! No wonder, even though David was a terrible offender, he enjoyed extraordinary support from God! In fact, he didn’t suffer for his sins… Others suffered for him! Jesus was called THE SON OF DAVID! No wonder, He trusted God so much and that was why he would come up with those awesome words in Psalm 23!

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Grace sponsors boldness to God’s throne!

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Is it not clear that even though we can get some lessons from the Lord’s Prayer, it was not directed to us?

It is like telling God “well, these things have not been fulfilled… You have been lying to us!”

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Now, if Jesus didn’t pray that prayer, then the new creature shouldn’t necessary be praying it word for words! Why? Because we have become like Jesus and we are entitled to what Jesus is entitled to! No matter how much you think you’re defending Jesus by arguing these things, you are simply saying that Jesus didn’t do a good job and therefore you aren’t actually defending Jesus but rubbishing His finished work with your mouth! No matter how long some wrong ignorance has lasted, it doesn’t validate it.

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What can we now do with “The Lord’s Prayer”? Do we throw it into the waste bin? No! I think the guidelines there are still important! Those guidelines can still guide our confessions and give us insight into what Jesus did for us! Let us look at this prayer in the light of what Jesus did for us!

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Our father, who art in heaven and in me through faith, hallowed be your name (2 Corinthians 3:5, John 10:30, 2 Corinthians 4:6-7, Galatians 2:20, Ephesians 3:17)

Thy Kingdom has come (Matthew 12:28, Luke 17:21)

Thy will is done as established in heaven (Luke 22:42, Isaiah 53:10)

We have this day, our daily needs (2 Peter 1:3, Ephesians 1:3)

Our trespasses are forgiven and forgotten (Hebrews 10:10, 1 John 2:2)

We will therefore forgive those who trespass against us because we have been empowered to do so (Luke 7:47, Colossians 3:13, Ephesians 4:32)

You lead us out of trouble and delivered us from all evil

 (Galatians 13:3, Colossians 1:13, 2 Timothy 4:18)

For you’ve given us the kingdom, the power and glory because it belongs to you, forever and ever! (John 17:2, John 14:12, 1 Thessalonians 1:12)

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In other words, the outline of Our Lord’s Prayer is still valid in showcasing to us what Jesus did and how glorious it is! The Lord’s Prayer also teaches us so many things such as addressing God as our father, praising Him, acknowledging His authority over our decisions and making our supplications freely to Him! We need to be honest in our approach to God and we need to understand that God is always listening to us! Depending on your level of faith in God, Our Lord’s Prayer is a great guide but never meant to be recited word for word! We pray in the Spirit and we pray in understanding!

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#GracefulGeorge

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