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Faith Filled Friday: Requests in the Lord’s Prayer

September 24, 2022

by Connie Terpack

The Lord’s Prayer is found in Matthew 6:9-13.

Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is 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, forever. Amen.

I never thought about this before but we make 7 requests of the Lord when we say this prayer. This is how I understand them.

1. Hallowed be thy name. God’s name is holy and we should be respectful of his name and him.

2. Thy kingdom come. All Christians are looking forward to Christ’s return and our going to heaven.

3. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. God’s will frequently does not coincide with ours, but we would be happier if we followed his will instead of our own. In heaven God is the supreme leader and I doubt that anyone disagrees with him.

4. Give us this day our daily bread. I think this is asking the Lord to supply our daily needs. Whether it is for finances, health, friendships or family we need God to help us with every step we take.

5. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. Forgiveness is hard for us sometimes. It not always easy to forgive others. The note in my Bible has that debts are obligations incurred; i.e., sins of omission and commission. Forgiveness means “cancellation of these debts or obligation.”

6. And lead us not into temptation, When I pray this my thought is that God will help me when I am tempted or even avoid the problem altogether.

7. but deliver us from evil. Here we are asking God to keep us from evil and/or to keep evil from us.

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen. This last thought is praise and not a request. I don’t think we can give God enough praise. Most importantly, that sentence tells me God is in control and we have nothing to worry about.

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