The Lord’s prayer is an integral part of our relationship and our obedience to Christ. When we quote the saying, “your kingdom come, your will be done,” what is it that we are really and truly saying?
Let us break down this scripture:
In Matthew 6:5, Jesus is quoted saying,
“And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.” Matthew 6:5, ESV
What is Jesus really trying to say here?
Jesus is warning us on how not to pray. To not use prayer as a way to show the world you are saved, as if to gain immediate attention. Jesus is saying that prayer is a personal and secret gift. One that is not used for the pleasure and enjoyment of others watching you.
In Matthew 6:6, Jesus explains to us where and how to pray. He says,
“But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” Matthew 6:6, ESV
When you go and pray, pray in secret so that your father in heaven can and shall reward you. When you go and pray in secret, you are sharing an intimate moment with God. One that no one needs to see. God is with you and he knows what you need.
Jesus then goes into how to pray even further by saying,
“And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” Matthew 6:7-8, ESV
For your father that is in heaven knows what you need before you ask him. He does not need you to declare it to the whole world. He just needs time alone and away from others to minister to you, one-on-one. Do not be conformed to the teachings of this world, but be transformed in Christ, by the renewal of your minds. He is with you, and he knows what you need before you even ask him.
In Matthew 6:9-13, Jesus gives us the Lord’s Prayer, which is our model prayer. It goes,
“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 evil.” Matthew 6:9-13, ESV
God is with you, and he sees all that you’re going through. Let him lead you, and let him guide you.
God bless you.