Countless times we have heard that the Lords Prayer is found in Matthew 6, but is it?
If we take a closer look at this scripture we find this is not the case at all, what a surprise!
Matthew Chapter 6 is a part of a set of instructions on how we are to live and conduct ourselves, spiritually, morally, and socially, better known as the “Beatitudes.”
What we do find is a “model” of how we are to pray.
Let’s take a closer look at these instructions from Yeshua (Jesus) starting in verse 9 with the model prayer…
” Our Father in heaven( acknowledgement of God’s supremacy), hallowed be your name
( Confessing honor), your kingdom come, and your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. ( Confessing God’s sovereignty, giving over our will to His.)
Give us today our daily bread ( asking for sustenance this applies to spiritual food as well, His Word).
Forgive us our debts, as we have also forgiven our debtors.
( this is not only physical debt, but spiritual debt as well.)
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”
( God tempts no man, confessing that Satan is “tempter”.)
This can also be translated as one who is tempted to do evil, but stands their ground against it. Temptation is not the sin, giving into its evil is the sin.
God does allow us to be “tested” but He himself does not “tempt” to do evil.
This is another great word study “tempt” and I would love to cover this topic as well in the near future keep looking for it!
The actual “ Lords Prayer” is found in John 17, when our Lord prayed to the Father just before His crucifixion.
We see 3 distinct prayers that Our Lord asked of the Father just before His arrest.
- He prayed for Himself: That His glorification be complete as He gives His life, and returns to the Father.
2. He prayed for His Disciples: That God would protect them from the evil one, Satan.
3. He prayed for all believers: That they would be one, as He and His Father are one.
So, just like this idea most often the things we hear are “misconceptions” that we tend to believe because we simply have not taken the time to study out the things we hear.
Let us be partakers in our own understanding. I look forward to sharing more short studies just like this one!
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