For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen. This doxology at the end of the Disciple's Prayer declares that God is God, and we are not! He is omnipotent, eternal, glorious King of the universe! These words express our submission to Him.
The last request in the Disciple's Prayer has troubled Christians for centuries: Does God 'lead us into temptation'? What is Jesus telling us to ask for? The answer to those questions reveals that God knows the dangers of testing, and wants us to have victory over sin.
Jesus instructed His disciples to pray, 'And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.' This is the only mention in this prayer our action - how we have forgiven others. How much have you forgiven others? How much do you need forgiveness?
Jesus tells us to ask for forgiveness: Why? Because our spiritual position doesn't guarantee our spiritual condition. A disciple of Jesus has eternal life by faith; that's his position. But fellowship with God requires ongoing forgiveness of sin; that's our condition.
"Give us this day our daily bread..." Those familiar words from the Disciple's Prayer have been often misconstrued in our materialistic world. A closer look reveals that disciples recognize their dependence on God for each day's needs, and trust in Him completely.
Are you responding properly to God's earthly authorities? What are God's principles for properly understanding authority? Where is God's authority on earth now? What can we learn from Christ's future 1,000 year reign on the earth? How can we respond better?
How can I know His will? How does God help us do His will? How can we be more submissive to His will?
"Your Kingdom come." This brief request in the Disciple's Prayer is significant for our lives today and points with hope to the future. Yet many Christians rarely think of this kingdom. What are we missing? The culmination of God's plan - and motivation for life right now!
What is Hallowed? A Hallowed Heart is Humble. A Hallowed Heart Loves.
He is a Divine Father, lovingly corrects us, provides for our needs, gives us His wisdom, and always seeks us out.