The Kingdom, Power & Glory Forever (The Lord’s Prayer)

This post gives focus to the ending of the prayer Jesus taught…

“For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.” (Matthew 6:13 KJV)

Some manuscripts have added this. Other versions and translations stop at, “deliver us from evil.”

This may trouble some people, that it is not included. Some may focus on the question of why it is not included, however, it is my understanding that at times things can be misunderstood or even lost in translation. I personally don’t get hung up on little things. God’s word is clear enough as a whole to paint a beautiful picture for us to be able to understand that our creator desires a relationship with us, not religious robots who practice rituals with the hope that those things we do will save us. It is only by accepting what He did & does that we are saved, a true gift.

The true believer’s lifestyle is one that gives God (The Father, Son and Holy Spirit all as one) all the authority and Lordship. We acknowledge His Kingdom, power &  glory that we trust whole heartily to last forever.

Scripture: “The world is full of so-called prayer warriors who are prayer-ignorant.

 They’re full of formulas and programs and advice, peddling techniques for getting what you want from God. 

Don’t fall for that nonsense. 

This is your Father you are dealing with, and he knows better than you what you need. 

With a God like this loving you, you can pray very simply. 

Like this: Our Father in heaven, Reveal who you are. Set the world right; Do what’s best— as above, so below. Keep us alive with three square meals. Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others. Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil. 

You’re in charge! You can do anything you want! You’re ablaze in beauty! Yes. Yes. Yes. 

“In prayer there is a connection between what God does and what you do. 

You can’t get forgiveness from God, for instance, without also forgiving others. 

If you refuse to do your part, you cut yourself off from God’s part.

Matthew 6:7‭-‬15 MSG

http://bible.com/97/mat.6.7-15.MSG

Enough said, amen.

https://youtu.be/7m7ZV0XAMto

For children:


EXTRA SCRIPTURE ON PRAYER:

Then, teaching them more about prayer, he used this story: “Suppose you went to a friend’s house at midnight, wanting to borrow three loaves of bread. You say to him,  ‘A friend of mine has just arrived for a visit, and I have nothing for him to eat.’  And suppose he calls out from his bedroom, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is locked for the night, and my family and I are all in bed. I can’t help you.’  But I tell you this—though he won’t do it for friendship’s sake, if you keep knocking long enough, he will get up and give you whatever you need because of your shameless persistence. “And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. 

“You fathers—if your children ask for a fish, do you give them a snake instead?  Or if they ask for an egg, do you give them a scorpion? Of course not!  So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him.”

Luke 11:5‭-‬13 NLT

http://bible.com/116/luk.11.5-13.NLT


Deliverance (The Lord’s Prayer)

Jesus included so much in the short prayer He taught:

  • God as our Father 
  • Placement and dominion in Heaven
  • Acknowledging His name as holy
  • A plea for His Kingdom to come
  • For His will to be done on earth
  • A plea for daily bread (needs to be met)
  • Asking for forgiveness and help in forgiving others
  • A plea that He lead us and to not lead us into temptation…

In this post I want to focus on just the petion, “deliver us from evil.” (Matthew 6:13 ESV)

When I was in my late teens or early 20’s someone pointed out another translation to this verse…deliver us from the evil one (Matthew 6:13 NIV). 

God not only is able to deliver us from evil (our own sin) but from the evil one (the spiritual principalities and force of evil itself). So we are no longer a slave to sin and the evil one who wages war against God & rebels against His nature. The prince of this world, the prince of darkness is no longer our master. We no longer have to submit to him or our sinful nature.

While Jesus was on earth, when He was just starting His ministry here, He said, “Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out. ” (John 12:31 NIV)

Then after He rose from the dead, just before He ascended to Heaven, He said, “But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.  When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment:  about sin, because people do not believe in me;  about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer;  and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.   “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear.  But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.  He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you.  All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.” (John 16:7‭-‬15 NIV)

Christ defeated sin, death and the prince of this world in order to deliver us. In this prayer He teaches us to ask for this deliverance, accept it & believe that God is able to rescue us.

Ultimately Jesus is coming again to completely deliver us, remove us from this world. Many people use the word, “rapture” in order to describe the day He gathers the saints (believers).

One of the best scripture portions describing this is, “For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words. (1 Thessalonians 4:16‭-‬18 NIV)

So we pray this prayer Jesus taught not only to be saved, rescued or delivered from our sinful nature while we are alive but ultimately delivered completely (sanctified) now and for all eternity.

Note: Jesus already mention asking for forgiveness before, during and after the prayer. Here he is asking for a deliversnce from evil & the evil one. 

As we go about living the Kingdom life under Christ’s Lordship we no longer conform to the patterns of this world or obey the directions that the prince of this world gives. We undergo a transformation (Romans 12). We are reborn (John 3:3). We live in this world but not of it. As mentioned in early posts on The Lord’s Prayer, our citizenship is in heaven. We follow His will and direction. We live according to His full word & direction, not giving into any so called guides or gurus who pick n’ choice which portions of Holy Scripture to abide by and which ones to conviniantly leave out so they can fulfill some selfish pleasure, leading others astray.

Some have decided to rebel against the government, name leaders of this world as the prince of darkness and revolt against officials who are just trying to enforce peace. Cults spring up all the time, packing an arsenal weapons for defense. I believe that behavior is all unbiblical and against God’s will. No where in God’s Word & in His direction for this new testament life are we to physically fight against anyone. As a matter of fact we are told the opposite. We are told to love & forgive, even our enemies. 

Jesus taught us to pray for deliverance, period.

Without going off on a rant, I’ve been seeing a lot of programs looking back at cults who stocked arms and protested government officials, some still are. I won’t even bother naming them because they are a disgrace and we can only learn from their mistakes & misdeeds, not profit from any other remembrance of them. God’s word warns us about these false prophets and as we use God’s word accurately we see where these groups deviate from Christ.

In our lifestyle of being His Children, following Jesus’ example we are willing to die, without contesting it. We willingly trust Him to deliver us, we don’t take our deliverance into our own hands but rather give Him our spirit, surrender to Him & know He has a much better plan & place for us. This world & the evil one dressed as a wolf in sheeps clothing has absolutely nothing for us.

The last part of this prayer I will do in the next post.

Lead Us Not Into Temptation (The Lord’s Prayer)

I am going to split up my next few post into 3 shorter parts as I look at end of the prayer Jesus taught us… 

Parts

  1. lead us not into temptation, but 
  2. deliver us from evil: 
  3. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

Matthew 6:13 KJV

http://bible.com/1/mat.6.13.KJV

This post is Part 1, the new living translation words it this way… And don’t let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one. (Matthew 6:13 NLT)

http://bible.com/116/mat.6.13.NLT

As I thought about this I recalled reading about Jesus himself being led into the desert to be tempted…The Spirit then compelled Jesus to go into the wilderness, where he was tempted by Satan for forty days. He was out among the wild animals, and angels took care of him. Mark 1:12‭-‬13 NLT. The ESV uses the wording, “The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness.” The Amplified translation uses the word, “forced“. The New American Standard Bible reads, “the Spirit impelled Him to go. The Amplified Bible, classic edition, uses the wording, “the [Holy] Spirit [from within] drove Him out into the wilderness (desert).

All these translations clarify that God The Father is always in control. He doesn’t do the tempting but He does allow temptation for a purpose. 

A life of following God’s leading is not always easy, comfortable or full of warm happy feelings & conditions.

God can lead us into temptation, The Holy Spirit (from within) lead Christ into temptation.

It is up to us to not put ourselves into a situation or conditions & circumstance where we are tempted and to pray to God asking that He not lead us into temptation, however, He obviously can lead us into temptation. On this note remember, if He does He has a good reason.

Look at other parts of Scripture that help clarify all this for us: Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.

James 1:12‭-‬15 ESV

http://bible.com/59/jas.1.12-15.ESV

(See pic. at bottom -1Co. 10:13)

The temptation of Jesus in the wilderness is a whole other study and  Matt. 4 goes into more detail than Mark does but one thing is clear…Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. (Matthew 4:1 NASB). Led by The Holy Spirit but not tempted by The Holy Spirit.

Jesus teaches us to ask our Father in Heaven to not lead us into temptation.

It is up to us to follow His leading, where ever that may lead us to.

I’ll stop there for this post and continue on with the next part, “deliver us from evil”, in the next.

EXTRA- Scripture: But you must remember, beloved, the predictions of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ.  They said to you, 

“In the last time there will be scoffers, following their own ungodly passions.” 

It is these who cause divisions, worldly people, devoid of the Spirit. 

But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. 

And have mercy on those who doubt; save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh. 

Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.

Jude 1:17‭‭-‬25 ESV

http://bible.com/59/jud.1.17-25.ESV


Forgiveness (The Lord’s Prayer)

This post looks at the part of The Lord’s Prayer were we are taught to pray, “Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” (Matthew 6:12 NIV)

http://bible.com/111/mat.6.12.NIV

Jesus explained how important it is for forgive others just as He forgave us. This part of the prayer He taught us is given background & further explanation before the passage and after, as well as, in the way Jesus lived out His life (practicing what He preached) look at how these other verses & passages tie into the theme of being forgiven as we forgive…

Blessed are the merciful,  for they will be shown mercy.

Matthew 5:7 NIV

http://bible.com/111/mat.5.7.NIV 

Also “You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder,   and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’  But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister ,  will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘ Raca ,’  is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.   “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you,  leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.   “Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still together on the way, or your adversary may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison.  Truly I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny.

Matthew 5:21‭-‬26 NIV

http://bible.com/111/mat.5.21-26.NIV

And “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’   But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also.  And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well.  If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.  Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.   “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor   and hate your enemy.’  But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,  that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.  If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that?  And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?  Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Matthew 5:38‭-‬48 NIV

http://bible.com/111/mat.5.38-48.NIV

Right after teach this prayer we call “The Lord’s Prayer” The Lord explained, For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

Matthew 6:14‭-‬15 NIV

http://bible.com/111/mat.6.14-15.NIV

And in the next Chapter Jesus says, “Do not judge, or you too will be judged.  For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.   “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?  How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?  You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

Matthew 7:1‭-‬5 NIV

http://bible.com/111/mat.7.1-5.NIV

To be more like Jesus, Holy as He is, we must ask for forgiveness but we must also forgive others just as He accepted & forgave us, even while we didn’t deserve it.

Our relationship with Christ grows as we live, walk, hand in hand with Him and His ways, not according to our own nature of revenge, getting even or holding on to grudges.

Daily Bread (The Lord’s Prayer)

Looking at the prayer Jesus taught section by section, this post looks at…”Give us today our daily bread.” (Matthew 6:11 NIV).

As we read Matt. 6 (the whole chapter) we see much more behind why Jesus teaches us to make this request in prayer. Jesus addresses how much our Heavenly Father cares for us and why we can rely on Him to meet all of our needs.

Jesus said,

Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life ? “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?
Matthew 6:26‭-‬30 NIV

http://bible.com/111/mat.6.26-30.NIV

We can trust and depend on God to provide for us…

The earth is the Lord ’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it;

Psalm 24:1 NIV

https://psalm.bible/psalm-24-1

You are worth more than a cheap bird…

https://youtu.be/QepdndO-01o

(Video by ApologetiX song “Cheap Bird”) 

Jesus also said, Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.  And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.  So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

Matthew 10:29‭-‬31 NIV

http://bible.com/111/mat.10.29-31.NIV

Note a few verses here (Luke 12:22‭-‬26‭, ‬35‭-‬36‭, ‬42‭-‬44‭, ‬47‭-‬48 NIV)

Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear.  For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes.  

Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds!  

Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life ?  

Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?   

“Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning,  like servants waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him.  

Personally as I pray, “Give us this day our daily bread.”, I am pleading for Spiritual food as well…Jesus, the bread of life. And as we get our daily bread we should share it with others.

The Lord answered, “Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom the master puts in charge of his servants to give them their food allowance at the proper time?

  It will be good for that servant whom the master finds doing so when he returns.  

Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions.  

 “The servant who knows the master’s will and does not get ready or does not do what the master wants will be beaten with many blows.  But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked. (Luke 12:22‭-‬26‭, ‬35‭-‬36‭, ‬42‭-‬44‭, ‬47‭-‬48 NIV)

http://bible.com/111/luk.12.22-48.NIV

One final note here…in this prayer Jesus taught us He keeps things simple and on point with focusing on just today, right now, “Give us this day…” After the prayer He continued to teach those listening that we don’t need to worry about tomorrow & other things, just focus on God who provides each day for us.



Prayer: Lord, as you give us this day our daily bread, meet our needs and provide us with knowledge in this relationship you build with us. May we be faithful on our end. We need you physically, mentally and spiritually. We need you, the bread of life. In Jesus name and for Christ’s sake, amen


Resource: Day 5 of the @YouVersion Plan “7 Dimensional Relationship As A Believer” focuses on this aspect of The Lord’s prayer.  Check it out here: http://bible.com/r/xS

God’s Will Our Relationship (The Lord’s Prayer)

After reading a short Bible study on the prayer Jesus taught I grasped this, regarding the phrase, “Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.”

 In heaven, the angels are always ready to obey the commandments of God.  

All his decrees and desires are fulfilled without any delay. Angels promptly, completely, and delightfully obey God. 

The fourth aspect of relationship, from day 4 of the @YouVersion Plan 7 Dimensional Relationship As A Believer, is 

God is our Master and we are His servants.  

Being concerned and conscious regarding doing the Will of God is important in our lives.  

On this earth, God expects the same from us.  

Scripture: So then, my brothers and sisters, because of God’s great mercy to us I appeal to you: offer yourselves as a living sacrifice to God, dedicated to his service and pleasing to him. This is the true worship that you should offer. Do not conform yourselves to the standards of this world, but let God transform you inwardly by a complete change of your mind. Then you will be able to know the will of God — what is good and is pleasing to him and is perfect.

Romans 12:1‭-‬2 GNB

http://bible.com/296/rom.12.1-2.GNB

For the whole @YouVersion Plan “7 Dimensional Relationship As A Believer” go to:http://bible.com/r/xS

May His KINGDOM Come (The Lord’s prayer)

I’ve written two other post regarding this subject. In this post I am looking at another phrase in the prayer Jesus taught, “Your Kingdom Come.”, as recorded in Matt. 6, where Jesus also included…

 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be. 

No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. 

You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money. 

Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? 

So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’  These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. 

So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.

Matthew 6:10‭, ‬21‭-‬21‭, ‬24‭, ‬27‭-‬27‭, ‬31‭-‬34 NLT

http://bible.com/116/mat.6.10-34.NLT

Christ told us, if we believe in Him & live under His Lordship we belong to the Kingdom of God. We are citizens of His Kingdom, not some entity man has set up, not some special club of believers or cult of man made religion.

We are His children, who worship and follow Him, live by His Word, not just some man or citizen of earth but Christ alone, whose citizenship is in Heaven (Our Father, which is in Heaven).

 Philippians 3:20 – For I have told you often before, and I say it again with tears in my eyes, that there are many whose conduct shows they are really enemies of the cross of Christ. They are headed for destruction. Their god is their appetite, they brag about shameful things, and they think only about this life here on earth. But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior. He will take our weak mortal bodies and change them into glorious bodies like his own, using the same power with which he will bring everything under his control.

Philippians 3:18‭-‬21 NLT

http://bible.com/116/php.3.18-21.NLT

When The Lord Jesus Christ answered Pilate, He said that his Kingdom is not of this world.

John 18:36 – Jesus answered, “My Kingdom is not an earthly kingdom. If it were, my followers would fight to keep me from being handed over to the Jewish leaders. But my Kingdom is not of this world.”

John 18:36 NLT

http://bible.com/116/jhn.18.36.NLT

  This Kingdom is unique, eternal, and so unshakable by any events in history.  
Hebrews 12:28 – Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, and offer to God pleasing service and acceptable worship with reverence and awe;

HEBREWS 12:28 AMP

http://bible.com/1588/heb.12.28.AMP

Another uniqueness of His Kingdom is there is one and only one King who reigns eternally.  

Hebrews 13:8-9 –Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. So do not be attracted by strange, new ideas. Your strength comes from God’s grace, not from rules about food, which don’t help those who follow them.

Hebrews 13:8‭-‬9 NLT

http://bible.com/116/heb.13.8-9.NLT

God gives us Revelation where John was told to, “Write this down.”, and God’s Word has lasted even unto this day and age for us to have and hold…And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding feast of the Lamb.” And he added, “These are true words that come from God.” Then I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he said, “No, don’t worship me. I am a servant of God, just like you and your brothers and sisters who testify about their faith in Jesus. Worship only God. For the essence of prophecy is to give a clear witness for Jesus. ” Then I saw heaven opened, and a white horse was standing there. Its rider was named Faithful and True, for he judges fairly and wages a righteous war. His eyes were like flames of fire, and on his head were many crowns. A name was written on him that no one understood except himself. He wore a robe dipped in blood, and his title was the Word of God. The armies of heaven, dressed in the finest of pure white linen, followed him on white horses. From his mouth came a sharp sword to strike down the nations. He will rule them with an iron rod. He will release the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty, like juice flowing from a winepress. On his robe at his thigh was written this title: King of all kings and Lord of all Lords. Revelation 19:9‭-‬16 NLT

http://bible.com/116/rev.19.9-16.NLT

For now we pray may your Kingdom Come and we activly live as citizens under His reign. 

Look at the last few words written in God’s Word for us…

He who testifies and affirms these things says, “Yes, I am coming quickly.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. The grace of the Lord Jesus (the Christ, the Messiah) be with all [the saints–all believers, those set apart for God]. Amen. 

REVELATION 22:20‭-‬21 AMP

http://bible.com/1588/rev.22.20-21.AMP

Video by Whiteheart – “Let Your Kingdom Come” 


Holy Is His Name (The Lord’s payer/7 Dimensional Relationship)

Not long ago I did a post inspired by I just finished day 1 of the @YouVersion Plan “7 Dimensional Relationship As A Believer” taking a closer look at just the very first few words of the prayer Jesus taught in Matt 6…”our Father”. Now I’m looking at the next few words, “Holy is Your name.” 

As I compared translations I found the following:

…MATTHEW 6:9 AMP (Amplified) “Pray, then, in this way: ‘Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name…(http://bible.com/1588/mat.6.9.AMP) The New Living Translation reads, “may your name be kept holy.” (Matthew 6:9 NLT) The Common English Bible words it this way, “uphold the holiness of your name.”(Matthew 6:9 CEB) The “Good News Bible” uses the phrasing, “May your holy name be honoured” (Matthew 6:9 GNB)

As I make this prayer Jesus taught us personal I think upon His name and ask Him to remind all of us to treasure His name, honor it, and ask Him & all He is to remain seperated, holy, sanctified (set apart) to us.

Too often I’ve used the expression, “Oh my God” and I realize that I am not saying it in the context of prayer or praise, I am just using His name as if it is a meaningless expression. Some are even bothered when others say, “Oh my gosh” because they say it is a form of God’s name or slang for God. I don’t believe that but I know personally I’ve literally used His name and not in prayer but simply as an expression. I do not say, “Christ!”  Or “Jesus!” Out of the context of praying to Him…often I’ll shout, “CRIME!” or “CRUMB!”. 

When it comes to expressing “curse words” I remember in my teen years I’d shout, “Fart!”,which to some was just as bad as another 4 letter “F” word, known now as “the ‘F’-bomb”.

 I know my earthly father is proud that he doesn’t uses the typical offensive words most people use, and yet, I pointed out to him he will use the name of Jesus when his favorite baseball team loses or makes an era. We all use interjections, some verbal expression, when we stub a toe or hit a finger with a hammer. We all pick up ways to proclaim how we feel when surprized, frustrated, mad or hurt.

I’m not so sure that God is so easily offended by simple words we use; however,

He did make it clear that He didn’t want His name used in vein. (Ex. 20:7). 

God made this very clear and then in the New Testament we are instructed to stay away from offensive language and filthy talk…Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. (Ephesians 4:29 NLT) 

The words we use to express ourselves may be more offensive to some than to others but my main focus isn’t on pleasing people and making sure I don’t use certain words because they deem those particular words ‘right or wrong’. My focus is on pleasing God and not offending Him

He made it clear,

“You must not misuse the name of the Lord your God. The Lord will not let you go unpunished if you misuse his name.” Exodus 20:7 NLT

http://bible.com/116/exo.20.7.NLT

The Holy Spirit (God Himself) convicts each and every one of us individually from the inside out and we must remember that no sin is greater than another. Sin is sin and Christ is the judge. We will always have self apointed judges and juries (self righteous people) who will try to choke us out with legalism and hefty laws and commands far beyond what God requires but regardless of those people we must seek Christ and follow Him. If we remain sensitive to Him and strive to honor His name He will guid us and give us the tongue control He wants us to have (see the book of James). 

As we use words He will condone or convict us as to what is acceptable to Him, letting us know when we need to repent, recant or simply respond without offending Him. Once we realize this I think it makes a big difference in the conscious choices we make in our language. Our main concern should be Him, not other people (mere men & women) and what they like or don’t like.

“For the Lord your God is the God of gods and Lord of Lords. He is the great God, the mighty and awesome God, who shows no partiality and cannot be bribed. You must fear the Lord your God and worship him and cling to him. Your oaths must be in his name alone. He alone is your God, the only one who is worthy of your praise, the one who has done these mighty miracles that you have seen with your own eyes. Deuteronomy 10:17‭, ‬20‭-‬21 NLT

http://bible.com/116/deu.10.17-21.NLT

You must worship no other gods, for the Lord , whose very name is Jealous, is a God who is jealous about his relationship with youExodus 34:14 NLT

http://bible.com/116/exo.34.14.NLT

“So remember this and keep it firmly in mind: The Lord is God both in heaven and on earth, and there is no other. Deuteronomy 4:39 NLT

http://bible.com/116/deu.4.39.NLT

His name alone can heal and at His name every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. 

“Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:9‭-‬11 NLT

http://bible.com/116/php.2.9-11.NLT

Let them praise your great and awesome name. Your name is holy! Psalms 99:3 NLT

http://bible.com/116/psa.99.3.NLT

The Lord is my strength and my song; he has given me victory. This is my God, and I will praise him— my father’s God, and I will exalt him! The Lord is a warrior; Yahweh is his name! Exodus 15:2‭-‬3 NLT

http://bible.com/116/exo.15.2-3.NLT

Blessed be the name of the Lord now and forever. Everywhere—from east to west— praise the name of the Lord. Psalms 113:2‭-‬3 NLT

http://bible.com/116/psa.113.2-3.NLT

Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets. And now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son. God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son he created the universe. The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven. This shows that the Son is far greater than the angels, just as the name God gave him is greater than their names. Hebrews 1:1‭-‬4 NLT

http://bible.com/116/heb.1.1-4.NLT

I pray, our Father in Heaven, may your name be kept holy. 

For more on looking closer at the prayer Jesus taught go to the @YouVersion Plan “7 Dimensional Relationship As A Believer” (http://bible.com/r/xS)


Extra note: As the Scriptures say, “No one is righteous— not even one. No one is truly wise; no one is seeking God. All have turned away; all have become useless. No one does good, not a single one.” “Their talk is foul, like the stench from an open grave. Their tongues are filled with lies.” “Snake venom drips from their lips.” “Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.” “They rush to commit murder. Destruction and misery always follow them. They don’t know where to find peace.” “They have no fear of God at all.” (Romans 3:10‭-‬18 NLT)

May my language and the words I use be used to help not hurt or curse others and when I am frustrated, angry or excited may the words I use to express myself not be offensive to God. May I not use His name unless I am pleading to Him in prayer or praising Him.

http://bible.com/116/rom.3.10-18.NLT

 As Jesus was speaking, one of the Pharisees invited him home for a meal. So he went in and took his place at the table.  His host was amazed to see that he sat down to eat without first performing the hand-washing ceremony required by Jewish custom. Then the Lord said to him, “You Pharisees are so careful to clean the outside of the cup and the dish, but inside you are filthy—full of greed and wickedness!  Fools! Didn’t God make the inside as well as the outside?  So clean the inside by giving gifts to the poor, and you will be clean all over. (Luke 11:37‭-‬41 NLT)

http://bible.com/116/luk.11.37-41.NLT

As God cleans inside we will outwardly express His glory and lift up His name.