Bible Lesson Series 2 (Part 2): The Lord’s Prayer
This second part of the lesson is about the Lord’s Prayer. The Lord’s Prayer is a very important prayer to learn and understand. It is the way we should pray to God. This part of the lesson will break down each verse of the Lord’s Prayer so that we can all understand its meaning.
This lesson is coming from Matthew 6:9-15.
9 After this manner therefore pray ye:
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Jesus is giving us the Lord’s Prayer as an example of how to pray. This prayer starts off by saying “our father”, meaning we are praying to God who is greater than us all and wiser than us all. We are acknowledging that He is our father and that we are putting our trust in Him.
This prayer is prayed by those who trust Jesus as their savior. Also when we say “which art in heaven” we are acknowledging that He is not seen with our eyes but we know and have faith that He is real and with us always. By saying “hallowed be thy name,” we are saying He is holy and lifting Him up. He is the only one worthy of our praise! “Name” refers not only to His name but also His character and holy works.
10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
The above verse (verse 9) is setting up our complete submission to God. When we say this, we are saying we want His kingdom to be established and His will to be done on the earth, just as it is in Heaven. We want to know God’s will for our lives.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
This verse is not just talking about food but it’s talking about God providing our every need. He knows what we need before we even ask for it. By praying this we are saying we trust Him to provide for us. God may even use us to provide the daily needs for others who may not be able to work for the things they need.
12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
It is very important that as we ask for forgiveness from our sins that we forgive others as well. How can we expect God to forgive us if we don’t forgive other people? No matter what someone has done to you, you must be opened to forgive them and make things right.
If we have done something to someone, or even if you haven’t but someone said you hurt them, we need to apologize to help mend that relationship. God will gladly forgive us of our debts just as long as we continue to forgive other people and even ourselves. It is important that we do not just say “forgive me” just to say it. We must sincerely want forgiveness as well as we must sincerely forgive.
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
The important thing to understand in this part of the Lord’s Prayer is that God does not tempt us. When we say “lead us not into temptation” we are asking God to be kept from situations that could tempt us to sin. We are recognizing here that we are weak. We want to be delivered from the clutches of Satan. God’s kingdom, power, and glory will last forever!
14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: 15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
This part of the Lord’s Prayer brings us back to forgiveness. It is clearly showing how important it is to forgive the people around us. By doing so, we will be setting an example and showing the true love of God.
The Lord’s Prayer is the perfect example for us to learn how to pray. We need to understand what each part of the prayer means so that we can effectively teach it to other people and truly mean what we pray.
For part 1 click here.