There was once a time with Jesus taught us how to pray, hence the name “The Lord’s Prayer”. I have always known this as a little girl. I memorized it as a requirement for school and rosary time, but I never really knew what it truly meant or the message it was trying to convey. I never knew that there was something truly special about, until my Theology 2 class in high school. It was then when I knew this is no ordinary prayer, as it is perfectly outlined to reach God in different levels.
In Matthew 6:9-13 (NIV), it says :
“This, then, is how you should pray:
‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
Your kingdom come,
Your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.’ Amen.
Our Father In Heaven – Jesus tells us how God really is to all of us. A father is feared, a father is obeyed, a father is respected, and a father gives the utmost unconditional love.
Hallowed Be Your Name – This signifies the praise and worship aspect of the prayer. We revere God and we acknowledge His everlasting reign in our lives.
Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven – Everything in heaven is perfect. From our younger years, we were always taught that this was always where God lived and stayed. It is peace, it is love everlasting, it where everything is beautiful and good. This part of the prayer signifies how we were each made to be a manifestation of this heaven on earth. Man was made to do good deeds : to love others as he loves himself. This tells God that we see the good, not only in ourselves, but in others. This also tells Him that we accept being made in His image, and will bring that perfect kingdom of heaven to others on earth.
Give us today our daily bread – This is our petition. This is the part of the prayer where we ask God to help us in certain things; not necessarily in the things we want, but in what we need to live better lives as Christians. This encompasses all material things and includes all that the heart and soul needs.
And forgive us our debts – This is when we ask for forgiveness, simply because we live in a world of sin. God knows that men sin everyday; and because of sin, men drift away from God. Seeking God’s pardon for our offenses is the first step to wanting to build a relationship with Him again.
As we also have also forgiven our debtors – Being forgiven also means being able to forgive others. Forgiving others is equally important because it frees man from hatred brings him closer to peace of mind and heart.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. – This final part of the prayer acknowledges God’s infinite power of saving us from ourselves. Sin and temptation, being equally present in the world we live in, will lead us farther from God. Everyone is not safe from sin, but everyone is safe in God.
When we then pray “The Lord’s Prayer”, we say more than we will ever intend to say to God. One of the best things anyone can do as a Christian is understand why this prayer was made the way it is, and to apply it by praying from the heart.