The Lord’s Prayer
The Lord’s Prayer should actually be termed ‘The Sinner’s Prayer.’
That’s because the Lord Jesus Christ was actually demonstrating how the disciples should pray.
There’s a phrase within the prayer that says, “Forgive us our sins…as we forgive those who trespass against us’
We all know that the Lord never sinned so it can’t be HIS prayer.
But anyway, that’s not the point.
We want to share with you this powerful prayer that you should pray at least once a day.
But don’t make it a recital.
Think through the words because therein are certain steps that you must follow before you expect any prayer to be answered by God.
1. Forgive If You Want God To Forgive You
Before placing your petitions before God, forgive all the those who have offended you. No matter how badly they hurt you, forgive them.
God has a conditional response to this. If you forgive those who hurt you, God will forgive you.
If you don’t forgive, God won’t forgive you.
Note it doesn’t say you forgive Christians, it says forgive.
So even if it was an atheist, or a non-Christian who hurt you and you feel justified in holding a grudge against them, you must forgive them.
Let God deal with them for messing around with the apple of His eye.
Know this: That the steps of a good man are ordered of the Lord, so He will unequivocally deal with anyone that messes around with you.
However, there is a deeper more serious angle to this.
You see, unforgiveness gives the devil an open and legal doorway into your life.
With the door of unforgiveness wide open, the demons have a legal right to torment your life, steal your blessings and stop any blessings from reaching you.
One of the first things to be attacked are your finances. So if you see a pattern of unusual financial challenges happening in your life, consider if you have unforgiveness towards anyone in your life.
Go before God and ask Him to help you recollect any person you may have forgotten and not forgiven.
The fact that you forgot about this person doesn’t stop the doorway from being fully open and legal in your life.
Then go before the altar of God, lay out this resentment before God and ask Him to deal with it once and for all.
2. Bring All Sin… And We Mean ALL Sin Before God
Don’t cover up any sin.
Listen: God knew before you were born that you were going to commit those sins. And he still allowed you life.
See? There’s no sin you have ever done and can ever do that will surprise God.
So whether they are shocking sins to you, it doesn’t matter. Bring them before God, get them dealt with on the altar, so that the devil doesn’t use iniquity to steal answers to your prayers.
Sexual sin is one of the most serious transgressions against yourself and God.
Opening up this doorway is one of the primary reasons that Christians always find their blessings gone before they can enjoy them.
Bring them before God, repent and walk away from them.
3. Pray… In The Name Of Jesus Christ
Why is this important?
Because Jesus Christ overcame all power of the enemy when he conquered sin at the cross.
Not only did He conquer all sin by living a pure sinless life, He conquered death at the cross because death could not hold a sinless person in its grip.
Therefore, every request and every prayer you pray must be sealed in the Name of Jesus Christ, because the name of Christ overrides and defeats all resistance to your prayer.
Your own words can be challenged and disputed by the devil. But he can’t dispute the name of Christ.
What you are doing when you pray in the name of Jesus Christ is putting your prayer under the cover of the name of Jesus Christ.
It would take a very bold devil to try and counter that prayer!
By the way…
When we talk about repenting, we don’t mean feeling sorry for yourself, beating yourself to death and wallowing in guilt.
God has no pleasure in making you feel unworthy.
His express desire is that you are made WORTHY.
That’s why Jesus shed His blood on the cross, that by His blood, you can be made whole and worthy before God The Father.
Repenting means agreeing with God that the path you took is wrong, and His path is right and turning around to follow His plan in that particular aspect of your life.
So, get down to business, repent, accept His forgiveness, receive His worthiness and move on to the full victory of Christian living.
With that said, now that you’ve read our notes above, let’s recollect the Lord’s prayer and see if it now has special significance as you pray it.
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, which art in heaven
Hallowed be your name
Thy Kingdom come
Thy Will be done,
On earth, as it is in heaven
Give us today, our daily bread
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those who trespass against us
Lead us not into temptation;
But deliver us from evil
For thine is the Kingdom,
The power and the glory
forever and ever.
In the name of Jesus Christ;