Our Father Who Art In Heaven…
The Lord’s Prayer in Aramaic
“The Lord’s prayer contains the sum total of religion and morals.”
The perfect prayer …the Lord’s Prayer… is far more than a prayer. It is also a lesson taught by one who was perhaps, the greatest teacher to walk the earth. It is a lesson on how we should deal with our very human propensity to sin, which is “the scarlet letter” that we all wear. Isaiah 53:6 NIV says, “We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way” and Romans 3:23 NIV, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” But this lesson also teaches us the importance of forgiveness…..forgiveness of both our own sins and those that are committed against us by others.
To forgive is God’s command…..not because it is possible to change the circumstances that created the sin, but because to move forward in life with a hope for the things to come, we must do so with a heart that has released past injustices. But doing this is not easy. And it probably shouldn’t be anyway. Because forgiving a wrong requires a conscious choice to acknowledge the wrong, and then to forego the pain it caused. Hebrews 12:15 ESV, “See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled..” reminds us that the bitterness of harboring ill will for a sin is something that changes the essence of who we are, and what we want from life!
Some time ago I wrote a post about this lesson our Lord taught when He gave this prayer to His Disciples. He intended it to be a lesson on not only how to pray, but also how to relate to God! And I had found a site on the internet where this lesson was broken down into individual directives and an explanation for those directives was provided. Given the brevity of the prayer to begin with, I think we sometimes say it mechanically, without really thinking about what it means. I think this wonderful post can help you with that!
God is the father of our soul. Our earthly parent’s were responsible for the
birth of our bodies. God, our creator, birthed our soul.
Who art In Heaven
The father we are addressing is our heavenly father who is of heaven, not of
Earth. Earth is ruled by man, not by God. God created the Earth and gave man the
freedom to live on Earth according to our own will. We can choose to follow the
ways of God, or to follow our own ways. The suffering that exists in the world
comes from Man, not from God.
Hallowed be Thy name
God’s name is to be honored as holy. When we make this statement, we are
vowing to respect God’s name as set-apart from the world and worldly things. We
are vowing to refrain from using God’s name casually or with vulgarity.
Literally, the name of God is “Yahweh”; however, in modern English and with
the ubiquitousness of the Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islamism),
the word God is generally assumed to be referring to Yahweh. During Biblical
times, people worshiped many God’s, and use of the name Yahweh set God apart
from the other God’s.
Notice that the pronoun, “Thy”, is capitalized. This is standard practice in
Christian writings for any pronoun referring to God or Jesus: i.e. He, Him, His,
Thy Kingdom come. Thy Will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven
The Kingdom of God exists on Earth when God’s will is done (His Kingdom comes
to Earth). By making this statement, we acknowledge a belief that God’s Will
will someday rule the Earth, and that Earth will be as Heaven. We are also
vowing to carry out God’s will in our own lives on this Earth, thus bringing
about Heaven on Earth in our own lives and the people and things we touch. We
can also look at this statement as a petition to God. We are asking God to bring
His will to Earth so that we may experience and share Heaven on Earth.
Give us this day, our daily bread
Jesus said that what we ask for will be received as long as we follow God’s
will. In fact, everything we have received in our lives, whether we judge it as
good or bad, we had asked for and received through our thoughts and behaviors
(sounds a little bit like the Power of Intention). With this statement, we are
asking God to see to it that our daily needs are met today. We are focusing not
on getting everything we desire, but rather that we have everything we need to
live this day and do what we have been called to do today. We focus on this day
only and let go of the struggles of the past and trust that God has tomorrow
And, forgive us our trespasses
The word trespasses has also been translated as “debts” and “sins.” In either
case, when we trespass against someone, fail to pay what is due, or commit any
kind of sin, whether against another person, our bodies or our selves, we
separate ourselves from God. Any wrongdoing we commit against ourselves or
others is always against God, because we are creations of God. God’s forgiveness
is there for the asking. When we sincerely ask for God’s forgiveness, we receive
it immediately and are no longer separated from God.
As we forgive those who trespass against us
Our main goal in seeking spiritual growth is to be like God. God withholds
forgiveness from none who ask for it, and in making this statement, we vow to do
the same. Anger and resentment cloud our judgment and attack our bodies, leading
to exhaustion, illness and disease. And worst of all, they block our spiritual
growth and keep us apart from God. Anger is a natural and appropriate response
in many circumstances, but holding on to anger and withholding forgiveness are
harmful to ourselves and everyone we contact.
And lead us not into temptation
Here, we ask for God’s guidance to lead us to places where we are not tempted
to harm ourselves or others or work against the will of God. Since it wouldn’t
make sense to ask someone to lead us if we have no intention to follow, we are
therefore vowing to listen to God’s voice and act on that voice. For instance,
someone struggles with Alcoholism and wants to stop drinking, it makes sense
that God’s will for that person would not be to spend time in bars faced with
But deliver us from evil
Again, we are seeking God’s guidance and vowing to follow that guidance. To
be delivered from evil is to be lead to where evil can not affect us: where
there is good. So, we are asking God to lead us to a good place where God’s
will, and therefore Heaven, are present.
For Thine is the Kingdom
This is a declaration of our belief that the Kingdom of God is the ultimate
authority over all. Though the Earth is ruled by man, it is God’s Will that will
ultimately be fulfilled and through this prayer, we are declaring that we wish
to be a part of that Kingdom and to follow God’s will to bring that Kingdom to
And the Power
All power comes from God. Our power comes from God. God has given us His
power to do with as we see fit. We can choose to use God’s power for God’s Will
or against it. By making this statement, we are acknowledging the source of our
power and recognizing that all the power we need to carry out what we are called
to do can be received from God.
And the Glory
Since all power comes from God, all work is the work of God. In this
statement, we vow to set our ego aside, practice humility and allow God to take
credit for the good works God leads us to do.
God is, was and always will be as He is now. The name Yahweh literally means,
“I am.” The world changes, we change, so we are constantly faced with
uncertainty. As we make this statement of God’s constant, unchanging and eternal
existence, we can enjoy peace and solace knowing that God always is who God is,
and the Kingdom, power and glory of God always were and will always be.
Literally means, “so be it.” This is the signature of the prayer. With this
statement, we are declaring our acceptance of this agreement.
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16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV
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