THE LORD’S PRAYER

Matthew 6:9-15
9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in 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 lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. 14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: 15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

OUR – not yours, not mine, ours - shows relationship between us, as well as with Him
FATHER – the one who begets, loves, provides for, protects, chastises, teaches
WHICH – that very same one
ART – inhabits, exists
IN – fills, contains
HEAVEN, – place of perfection, lacking nothing, completely furnished with all necessities
HALLOWED – holy, venerated, sacred, blessed, honored, reverenced
BE – past, present, future, always
THY – belonging to, designating
NAME. – identifying, characterizing designation

THY KINGDOM – sovereignty, rulership
COME. – be made manifest in the here-and-now
THY WILL – desire, law, wishes
BE DONE – acted on with all wholeness of heart
IN EARTH, – this earth of which we are made, individually
AS IT IS – in the same way, to the same degree
IN HEAVEN. – as those do who have given themselves wholly to Him

GIVE – to present voluntarily and without expecting compensation; bestow, supply, create, fulfill
US – individually and collectively
THIS DAY – in the present, not hoarding for the future
OUR DAILY – fulfilling the recurring needs as they arise
BREAD. – all the necessities of life on this planet

AND – add to that
FORGIVE US – release us from the bonds we forge for ourselves by our disobedience
OUR – belonging to us, individually and collectively
DEBTS, – an offense requiring forgiveness or reparation; a trespass
AS – in the same way, to the same degree
WE FORGIVE – release others from the consequences of their offenses against us
OUR DEBTORS. – those who offend us in word, or deed, or by omission

LEAD US NOT – do not guide, teach, or show the way
INTO TEMPTATION, – a place that will cause us to offend
BUT – to the contrary
DELIVER US – release, save
FROM – removal, separation
EVIL: – the one who rejoices in causing us to stumble; the force in nature that governs and gives rise to wickedness and sin.
FOR – by reason of, because of
THINE – belonging to you
IS – belongs
THE KINGDOM, – the domain over which the spiritual sovereignty of God or Christ extends, whether in heaven or in earth.
THE POWER, – supreme command
AND – including
THE GLORY – adoring praise, worshipful thanksgiving, splendor, magnificence, and radiance
FOREVER AND EVER – the eternal now that has no beginning or end

AMEN – I concur (agree)! May it be so!

March 25, 2009