One thing my beautiful wife and I are experiencing in our walk with God during this lent, is unpacking the deeper truths of Our Lord’s Prayer. I compared my notes from thirteen years ago when I taught on the Lord’s Prayer to the revelation during this lent period. The depth this year is fuller and richer. It is definitely not a coincidence as we expand the mission God has called us to for His glory. This is the degree of glory 2 Corinthians 3:18 talks about.
Younger co-ministers, growing in Christ takes time and is an unceasing pursuit till we behold our Lord face-to-face. Don’t be in a rush growing. Take time to grow in Christ; and let your roots grow deep that you are unmovable and unshakeable to any forces or darts of the enemy (I Corinthians 15:58). When my daughters were younger; I would remind them often to enjoy being children. They were listening then more than I thought. Now as adults, they remind me of those days and the impact that encouragement had on them.
The Lord’s Prayer is filled with many gems of truth. The first few verses I have digested have been awesome. The Lord’s Prayer from Matthew 6:9-13.
Our Father which art in heaven:
- Picture Calvary in your mind and thank God for the privilege to call Him “Father”
by virtue of the blood of Jesus. This awareness opens your heart to a deeper appreciation of
the price Jesus paid to redeem you.
Hallowed be thy name:
- Hallow the names of God corresponding with the five benefits in the new
covenant we have in Christ and make your declarations. As you pray begin to
picture each of the names of God and how it applies to you.
1. Spirit: God is our Jehovah Shalom (The Lord our Peace)
God is our Jehovah Shammah (The Lord is Always present)
2. Soundness: God is our Jehovah Rophe (The Lord our Healer)
3. Sin : God is our Jehovah Tsidkenu (The Lord our Righteousness)
God is our Jehovah M’Kaddesh (The Lord our Sanctifier)
4. Security: God is our Jehovah Nissi (The Lord our Banner)
God is our Jehovah Rohi (The Lord our Shepherd)
5. Success: God is our Jehovah Jireh (The Lord our Provider)
With twenty more days left in this Lenten season, I encourage you to press in and discover all God has for you. Praying with you as you journey through this lent.
For The Cause of Christ,
Dr. Johnson Obamehinti