Are you familiar
with the Pater Noster prayer? In a Christian denomination other than
Catholic, you could be as it’s better known as The Lord’s Prayer. Jesus ascribed
the 1,968-year-old words to His disciples when they asked Him how to pray on a
hillside overlooking the Sea of Galilee. The original prayer, dated 80 AD, is
found in Luke 11:2-4 and the completion of it, in 85 AD, is in Matthew 6:9-13.
Matthew’s version is the most popular in churches today.
translated from many different languages, this manual of Christian instruction remains
the foundation of the Christian church and is most sacred to believers. The
Apostle Paul taught this prayer to the Gentiles as a guideline to their faith
Prayer makes our
relationship with the Lord stronger. The history of the eight steps in the
Lord’s Prayer is truly all we need in life to follow the resurrection of
Christ. Jesus nailed it on the head in its description below:
Jesus told us to
direct this prayer to God, the Father only – not the Holy Spirit, angels, or
dead saints. Since we are God’s children, as is Jesus, we are to start the
prayer with Our Father.
It clearly sets
the rules God is in heaven and man on earth, and each has their own role in creation.
The word hallowed
describes God’s nature. It means “holy”, “whole”, “wholesome”, and “heal”. We
recite this word because He is altogether good; therefore, He cannot send
sickness, trouble, accidents, or death.
referred to in step three is God’s kingdom in heaven. Jesus is referring to the
End Times; a constant and powerful reminder every person will eventually kneel
before the Lord. These words are great to remember when we face adversity in
It is God’s
promise He will return to earth to eradicate evil, sin, and Satan. Therefore,
surrender your life to Him by following His commandments and upholding His
control of your life. The great Lord is the only person we are to follow in our
journey on earth and in heaven. Our submissive duty is to help establish the
Kingdom of God on earth. Try to discover the thing God intends you to do and do
it… you will find that all doors will open to you.
God is our Great
Provider, not only spiritually but with the physical supplies, we need to
accomplish His Will in this world. This includes money, food, shelter, and
people who support His higher purpose. However, God cannot magically offer food
so we can and should help one another in overcoming specific difficulties.
What a powerful
reminder we must always forgive others if we want God to forgive our sins! Sin,
the major fall of man, separates us from God and is rooted in selfishness as we
try to live without Him. This passage also includes forgiving ourselves to
alleviate guilt and experience the ultimate joy of life. Set yourself free!
Because man is
born into sin and can make bad choices in life, wickedness resides amongst us
on earth. Spiritual warfare is very real, and it’s as viral as a plague. God
will deliver us in times of distress if we pray for His help to deliver us from
The word Yours
is referring to Jesus’ Father in heaven. Another revelation, it expresses we
are not to be disturbed or overwhelmed by the nations and governments which
rule this world. Jesus will defeat all evil tyranny on earth, so stay focused
on what is coming! His powerful Kingdom will reign forever.
mightier words than the Lord’s Prayer. I look about as corruption and hatred exist
at every intersection of life. It is just as Jesus described it would be in the
End Times. Devout Christians are the chosen recipients to follow Jesus’
footsteps. Evangelization can help correct the world’s wrong, so let’s start by
teaching someone Our Father Prayer.
Lord, I pray, we will not be lead into temptation for the world is full of Satan’s sins. The Bible is clear… in the end days, we will fight for our own preservation. There will be no million-dollar churches or smooth-talking ministers to save us; only the words of Jesus. The Lord’s Prayer will sustain a whole lifetime of prayer.