Lords Prayer: The Lord's Prayer In Matthew

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Although gratitude is always beneficial, it is not always easy. How do we develop a thankful heart? We can learn a lot about how to become thankful in all circumstances from the passage that we commonly call the Lord’s Prayer. The Lord’s Prayer is a prayer that Jesus taught His disciples in Matthew 6 and Luke 11. Its purpose was to be a pattern for our thoughts and attitudes. The context of the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew is the Sermon on the Mount (Matt.5-7). This sermon probably covered several days of preaching and it is called the Sermon on the Mount because Jesus gave it on a hillside near Capernaum. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus emphasizes that God wants heartfelt obedience and not ceremonial religion. In Luke, Jesus gives The Lord’s…show more content…
God wants our immediate, complete, and joyful obedience to His commands. That is the implication of the phrase “your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” How is God’s will done in heaven? If the reference is to the angels, then God’s will is done immediately, completely and joyfully. Psalm 103:20-21 says, “Praise the Lord, you his angels, you mighty ones who do his bidding, who obey his word. Praise the Lord, all his heavenly hosts, you his servants who do his will”. When God speaks, the angels obey without hesitation and without complaints. God wants our immediate, complete, and joyful obedience to His commands. But our lives will never be characterized by that kind of obedience until we first learn to trust God. What does it mean to trust God? To trust God means allowing our confidence in God’s character to direct our thoughts, emotions and behavior. Think about Jesus’ life and ministry. Jesus obeyed God completely because He trusted God completely. And God wants us to have that same trust as Jesus had in our lives as well. That is why Jesus tells us to pray, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come.” In ancient times a person’s name represented his character and reputation. God’s name represents His character and His reputation. The phrase “your kingdom come” refers to God’s conscious presence. So, when we ask God for His name to be hallowed and for His kingdom to come, we are asking God to make

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