THE SO-CALLED, THE LORD'S PRAYER (MATT. 6:9-13)
( MATT. 6:9-13) say's- Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts , as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil : For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. AMEN
ThIs prayer is not really the prayer of our Lord Jesus Christ. This is the disciple's prayer . (Matt.6:9) says- " Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name ". Jesus Christ could not pray this prayer. He could not join with us and say" OUR FATHER " because the relationship between the Father and the son is the relationship in DEITY. IT IS A POSITION, NOT A BEGETTING . I became a son of God only through faith in Christ, therefore Christ could not join me in saying," OUR FATHER ".
"WHICH ART IN HEAVEN "- meaning - God is the one sitting upon the throne of the universe, and He has it under His control. "HALLOWED BE THY NAME", more correctly translated, would read, " LET THY NAME BE MADE HOLY ". The name of God stands for God, for all that God is. In what way can we make God's name holy ? It is my conviction that by our lives we are to make God's name holy. When we reveal the reverence we feel for God to all people we meet, surely the name of God will be made holy to them.
(Matt. 6:10) says- " Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven". "Thy kingdom come" is the kingdom about which Matthew has been speaking, the kingdom which Christ will establish on this earth. This is a worthy petition for all of us to pray.
(Matt.6:11) says-" Give us this day our daily bread". This prayer is a model for our prayers . It speaks of our absolute dependence upon God. Our bodily wants , our physical necessities, all are supplied by Him day by day. It shows man that even his bodily necessities, his basic needs, come from God.
(Matt. 6:12) says- " And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors". Our Lord Jesus could not pray this-He had no sin to be forgiven. You see, It is not the LORD'S PRAYER; It is the DISCIPLE'S PRAYER.
Then in (Matt. 6:13) says- " And lead us not into temptation, but delivers us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. AMEN. " LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION ". This word " LEAD" gives us the wrong impression because James says, God does not tempt any man. (James 1:13) says - "Let no man say when he is tempted, " I'm being tempted by God"; For God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt any one". That is true- God does not tempt any man. A better translation here would be , " LEAVE (not lead) US NOT IN TEMPTATION". It does not mean to keep us out of temptation, but when we are in temptation, God will not leave us there. " Deliver us from evil "- This deliverance is from the evil one- meaning- deliver us from the Devil.
Written by Osmundo S. Sabado
Edited by Orman L. Sabado