And Jesus said unto them — and to us - “When you pray say, “Our Father Who art in heaven” — don’t ever underrate that address — it is a Name God has given Himself and there is no more powerful address in any language. Though they are one, the relationship between the Creator and the Savior is the Creator identifies Himself as the Divine Perfect Father – to Whom no human father can be compared - and the Savior is The Son Whose Sacrifice on the cross has made us His fellow heirs – children of Our Father Who has created us and all that exists ... Our Father Who has given us and still preserves our bodies and souls with all their powers ... Our Father Who provides us with food and clothing, home and family, daily work, and all we need from day to day ... Our Father Who protects us in time of danger and guards us from every evil ... Our Father Who does all of this and far more out of fatherly and divine goodness and mercy.
Our Father Who art in heaven encourages us to believe He is truly our Father and we are His children and therefore we are to pray to Him with complete confidence as children who speak to our Divine Perfect Father Whom The Son of God Jesus has related us to.
“Hallowed be Thy Name” — God’s Name is hallowed - holy - because God’s Names are the names God has given us with which God wants to be addressed and Jesus teaches us to pray that we may never be a party to using God’s name in ways which show contempt or even irreverence ... no matter how “in style” it may be for the denomination currently using political correctness to challenge The Word of God by eliminating all male references in names God has given us in The Holy Bible. Jesus teaches us to pray that we may always use God’s Name in ways which show our love, our faithfulness, and our sense of awe in the Presence of God. Jesus teaches us to pray that the Holy Spirit will always instill in us a sense of pride in our Divine Family Name and help us never to take our God-given Divine Family relationships too lightly when Jesus purchased them for us with His suffering and death on the cross
“Thy Kingdom come” — Make no mistake about it — God’s Own Kingdom is coming. In fact, God’s Own Kingdom is already here.
Jesus has won the victory. The Kingdom of God is already here and everyone who believes in Jesus and is baptized is already a citizen of that eternal Kingdom. Jesus teaches us to pray that the Holy Spirit will constantly enlighten and empower us to never lose that blessed and eternal relationship with God.
“Thy Will be done on earth, as it is in heaven” — the outcome is assured. God’s Will is going to triumph. It does not matter what course this imperfect world takes — in the end, God’s Will is done — done totally and completely. Jesus teaches us to pray that we will always submit to the Holy Spirit enlightening and empowering us to be about the business of doing God’s Will in our temporal lives and that we may be part of the eternal celebration when the triumph of God’s Will is fully revealed.
“Give us this day our daily bread” — Of course, again, God has already and continues to “Give us our daily bread”. Can anything possibly exist in this world and universe that does not come to us as a divinely created gift from God? Have you or I ever had the ability to create anything out of absolutely nothing as God did in creation? Jesus teaches us to pray that The Holy Spirit will always inspire in us truly thankful attitudes and the desire to use all God has given us in accord with God’s Will.
“And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us” — reconciliation is the bottom line. We have all sinned and, in our sinning, have destroyed the perfect relationship which God has established with us from the beginning. We have all irreparably damaged the Image of God in which we were created. Jesus has completely repaired the relationship between God and us — the relationship which we and our sins broke. Jesus gave Himself, suffered, and died that horrible death on the cross to pay the price — to end the alienation between God and us. The healing of our broken lives is only truly completed when Jesus’ healing of our relationship with God has been extended to heal the wholeness within ourselves and our relationships with each other.
“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil” — as God made clear through JAMES (1:13-14), “Let no one say when He is tempted, ‘I am tempted by God’; for God cannot be tempted with evil and God Himself tempts no one; but each person is tempted when lured and enticed by their own desire.” Our temptations come from the alluring treasures and devastating tragedies of the world around us and from our own selfishness, greed, and lust. Jesus teaches us to pray that God will continue to give us the strength to resist being lead into temptation and to protect and deliver us from the power evil wields in this world. And The only solution is the heartfelt prayer - “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil”
Notice the wonderful pattern in the perfect little prayer Jesus has given us:
a Name already hallowed
a Kingdom already come...
a Wil lalready done...
daily bread already given ...
trespasses already forgiven ...
temptation and evil already conquered
by God for us
God has done everything we could possibly need for our lives now and eternally. Jesus teaches us to pray for sensitivity to all that God has given and done and for the Holy Spirit to keep us ever in tune with God and the Divine Will.
“Lord, teach us to pray” is like asking “Lord, teach us to live”. A prayer-filled life is central to a person filled with life now and eternally. Lord, thank You for teaching us to pray — and to live.
THE PEACE OF GOD WHICH PASSES ALL HUMAN UNDERSTANDING KEEP YOUR HEARTS AND YOUR MINDS IN OUR CURCIFIED AND RISEN LORD AND SAVIOUR JESUS THE CHRIST AND OUR LIVES ANCHORED IN PRAYER WITH HIM. AMEN.
10th Sunday of Trinity Season
July 29, 2018
Dr. Kurt Borows
Pastor, Resurrection Lutheran Church, Catawba Island, Port Clinton, Ohio