Unity With The Lord’s Prayer
Testament book of Matthew is chuck full of instruction from Jesus on what it
means to live within the Kingdom of God.
In this Gospel, not only do we have the story of how Christ lived, as an
example for us to follow, but we are served His teachings as well. And within those lessons, He shares with us
how to approach our conversations with the Almighty God, through a passage
commonly known as “The Lord’s Prayer.”
‘Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come,
Your will be done,
On earth as it is in
Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our debts,
As we also have forgiven
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from
evil.’” Matthew 6:9-13 ESV
One of the
most significant facets of this prayer is that it is community minded. The point-of-view is not singular, as in what
the individual wants, but rather what is best for the group. Note that from the opening “Our Father”
to the concluding “deliver us,” every statement comes from a WE,
not a ME, perspective.
Christ is one of the three-in-one God.
To believe in Jesus also means belief in a triune God made up of God the
Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
The Trinity works together in perfect partnership, always in tune with
what’s good for all. As His image
bearers, we are invited into His kingdom community, but our thinking needs to
align with God’s priority of one body united.
kingdom come...Your will be done....
I want God to run the world my way. When
I run into problems, I look for solutions that turn the situation favorable for
me, not necessarily the good-for-all conclusion. My prayers might sound more like a demand
list of outcomes. Father, do this for
me, and do that for them.... But Jesus tells us to ask God for His
will in our lives.
facing crucifixion, Jesus humbled Himself in prayer saying, “Father, if you are willing, remove this
cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine be done.” Luke 22:42. In the hardest of times,
Christ was not seeking His own survival, but what was best for all.
Give us this day our daily bread....
Stockpiling is the world’s answer to worry. Whether it’s buying in bulk or building up a
“healthy” financial portfolio. In the
Lord’s prayer, Jesus promotes asking for assistance and daily relying on God
and His people.
The first congregation of followers who came together at the
arrival of the Holy Spirit is described in Acts 2 as a people who lived opposite
to hoarding...they lived generously.
“And all who believed were together and had all
things in common. And they were selling
their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as they
had need. And day by day, attending the
temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food
with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the
people.” Acts 2:44-47 ESV
And forgive us...As we have forgiven....
This prayer becomes a plea for help in learning forgiveness when
we realize that we will be judged on the grounds we judge others. Help me forgive, Father!
And does this phrase not sound like “do unto other others as
you would have them do unto you” and “love your neighbor as yourself”? It seems there is a reciprocity lifestyle of
a mutual exchange of privileges in God’s kingdom.
And lead us not into temptation....
Jesus was led into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit at the
onset of His public ministry. In this
instructive prayer, Jesus says to pray against being led into temptation. So, what tempts us? James’ letter answered that question.
“But each person is tempted when he is lured
and enticed by his own desire.” James
We are tempted by selfishness, and a belief that we are not
getting what we need from God. Satan
tempted Jesus by suggesting He take from and test God to gain power. This is Me thinking.
Jesus spent his earth career sharing what it means to live in
heavenly community. We learn from Him
how to be kingdom dwellers, yet we don’t easily look at the Bible from a WE
perspective. Temptation begins early to
get us to think of ourselves first, to feed our wants, to grab some glory, and
to test God. But we have a kingdom
example to follow and a kingdom prayer to pray to help us remember who WE are
in Christ. We are one.
been writing and teaching biblically based curriculum, Bible studies, and
devotionals since 2007.
had the unique position of writing curriculum and teaching for two private,
Christ-based, residential recovery programs. Both programs primarily served
women in the homeless community.
traveled multiple times to Kenya, serving on medical teams and teaching in the
rural Maasai communities. She’s been privileged to speak in Leadership camps intended
on encouraging and empowering the impoverished, underprivileged, and often
abused young women.
these ministries, Sharon has witnessed the transformative power of loving words
spoken to the broken-hearted. Sharing God’s love and witnessing its
transformative power has become her passion.
her husband, divide their time between Oregon and Hawaii. They have two grown
Sharon is encouraging others via her inspirational blog, but prefers sharing
face to face. Additionally, she is working towards a degree in Ministry.