Matthew 6: 9-13
Thy Kingdom Come, Thy will be done: God’s will is already established but yet to be transferred to His children. This is why it is important to pray and don’t believe the lie of the enemy that says; there is no need to pray because whatever will be, will be. As God’s ambassadors, we live by divine purpose and not by chance. Pray specifically that God’s will be done in your life, your family, other families, your church, your city, state, nation and world.
Give us this day our daily bread: Be specific in your request to God for your daily life. Ask more for intangible resources (such as wisdom, understanding, etc.) that will enable you to fulfill all God has established for you. Asking God to provide for you; exemplifies your dependence on His provision and your conviction that He alone is your source.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors: This is a time for you to allow the Holy Spirit to search your heart and life. As God reveals or shows you anything in your life that needs His forgiveness, be quick to ask Him to forgive you. In the same manner, be quick to forgive others. Just like a thermostat, determine to set your will to forgive anyone that wrongs you. If you set your will to always forgive, you will find Psalm 119: 165 to be true and powerful in your life. “Those who love your instructions have great peace and do not stumble” NLT.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: In other to experience the truth of this verse imagine you are going to battle, which you are as a follower of Jesus. You need special gear and clothing for the battle, any clothing will not suffice. God has already made the provision for your special gear and clothing. It is found in Ephesians 6: 10-18. Put on the whole armor of God: gird your loins with truth, put on the breastplate of righteousness, shod your feet with the readiness of the gospel of peace, put on the shield of faith, put on your helmet of salvation and then grab your sword of the spirit, which is the word of God. Ask God to protect not just your physical well being, but to protect your mind, soul, heart and spirit from any assault of evil.
For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever: This is a time to make your faith declarations over your life and ascribe the greatness, honor and adoration that belong to God to Him.
The Lord’s Prayer is our model kingdom prayer. That means you don’t need to have a long list of prayer points to have fellowship with God. The model combines what a relationship is all about- a dialogue- and not a monologue. I pray you will be encouraged to continue digging deeper in the things of God, even after Lent season is over. It is God’s desire that we increase in measure so that fruitfulness will be the mark in our walk with our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:8).
For The Cause of Christ,
Dr. Johnson Obamehinti