Guest Author - Pamela Chambers
The Lord’s Prayer was recorded by Matthew the tax collector and Luke the physician. These two
Disciples had their individual versions of the prayer based on their individual vocations. The Holy
Spirit was also inspired these disciples to write their rendition of the Lord’s Prayer. I will explain
the meaning of the Lord’s Prayer using the Gospel of Matthew.
Christians all over the world pray this prayer daily:
Our Father in Heaven
Hallowed be your name
Your kingdom come,
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven
Give us this day 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
For if you forgive other people
When they sin against you,
Your heavenly Father will also forgive you
But if you do not forgive other their
Sins, your Father will not forgive you your sins.
The beginning of the first phrase acknowledges the place of the heavenly Father which is in heaven. The pronoun “our” is used to demonstrate that the heavenly father has many children in his family. Christians reared in a fatherless home can find a new father relationship that is spiritual and pure.
The second part of line one sets the tone to honor the heavenly Father. Webster’s New World Dictionary notes that the word “hallow” means “to make or regard as holy.” We have to approach
our heavenly Father with honor, praise and worship because of the great sacrifice that was made for us.
The next two phrases “your kingdom come, your will be done” convey that Christians are responsible for the kingdom to be displayed on earth by way of the Holy Spirit through the powerful personality and the application of the word of God working in the daily life of the Christian. Through our Christian walk we release the power and personality of the Holy Spirit and the spreading of the gospel to serve this lost and dying world.
The phrase “Give us this day our daily bread suggests that we as Christians are totally dependent on our heavenly Father for our spiritual and physical needs. Our heavenly Father is our only source!
The last portion speaks about the concepts of forgiveness and temptation. A person has to forgive before he is forgiven. So if anyone has a problem getting a prayer answered, it is possible that forgives should be given to someone in conflict.
If we consistently and diligently follow our heavenly Father by building on a relationship, praying and meditating on his word, the father will lead us to all truth. Truth is in the opposite direction of the evil one.