Matthew 6:9-13 (Phillips)-‘Our Heavenly Father, may your name be honoured; May your kingdom come, and your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day the bread we need, Forgive us what we owe to you, as we have also forgiven those who owe anything to us. Keep us clear of temptation, and save us from evil’.
It’s a prayer Jesus gave us when He was asked how people should pray. It is probably the most recited prayer to God in Christianity, no matter the denomination. However, Jesus was not saying we should pray this every time we pray, no, He was giving us a model to use for when we get on our knees in prayer. These are my interpretations of what I think Jesus Christ was trying to show us.
Our Heavenly Father, may your name be honoured; May your kingdom come, and your will be done on earth as it is in heaven…
We show our respect and awe for God by telling Him that He is holy. We tell Him that we want His will to be done because we know He only wants the best for us. He loves us so much and only wants the best for us, so let’s praise His name when we pray.
Give us this day the bread we need…
God cares about our needs and He wants to help. He listens to all of them and He is ready and willing to help us. We can pray for healing, blessings, and so much more! Now, God is not a genie who grants wishes, but He does want us to come to Him in prayer for things and circumstances in our lives.
Forgive us what we owe to you, as we have also forgiven those who owe anything to us.
We also ask for forgiveness for sins. Why? Because God is going to forgive us because He loves us so much. He is all about grace and He delights in us. We also pray for God’s help in forgiving people who have wronged us. Since He forgave us, we should forgive those who have hurt us.
Keep us clear of temptation, and save us from evil.
Say prayer for God’s protection. God is good and loving! He provides us with protection and helps us to make the right decisions. He does not tempt us, but He will help us with our temptations. He will deliver us because He is mighty to save!
Some versions of the Bible include the ending, “Yours is the Kingdom, the glory, and the power forever, Amen.” I don’t know why some keep it in and others leave it out. However, I think it is a conclusion where we worship God for everything He does for us. We are His!
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