The Lord’s Prayer

Embed from Getty ImagesThis post is an adaptation of a meditation on The Lord’s Prayer from Dr. Kieran Beville, Pastor of Lee Valley Church, Ballincollig, County Cork, Ireland. 1

“Our Father…

  • We belong to God; we are given a special audience; 24/7 access

…in heaven…

  • His power is unlimited and His love unrestricted. There is no greater authority

…hallowed be Your name…

  • Expresses a desire to see God’s name revered more; promotes and defends His name

…Your kingdom come…

  • Extensive dimension: we want to see the kingdom of God become more widespread
  • Intensive dimension: work toward a more mature faith to increasingly acknowledge God as the Sovereign ruler in our lives

…Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven…

  • Acknowledges that our wishes and desires are imperfect; His will is preferable to ours

 …give us this day our daily bread…

  • The Lord starts with our physical needs before going on to the spiritual; our daily needs depend on God

…forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors…

  • When we forgive we bear a family likeness to God
  • The forgiveness that God gives is one where there is reconciliation and restoration of right relationship
  • Unforgiveness robs us of joy

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil…

  • Request from God to shield us and protect us from temptation preventative prayer – avoid temptation rather than overcome it
  • Be diligent in prayer (Mark 14:38)
  • Bring our desires under the scrutiny of the Lord so that our motives and ambitions are purified in prayer

For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen”

  • Be preoccupied with God in prayer! His name, His honor, His kingdom, His will, His glory!

Matthew 6:9-13 KJV

1 “The Lord’s Prayer: A Meditation,” Rediscovering The Lord’s Prayer, Kieran Beville 2012




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