The Prayer Jesus Taught His Disciples The Prayer Jesus Taught His Disciples

Submitted By Billy Burnette
Gives us a pattern of how all Christians should pray and communicate with God and Carry out His will on earth as it is in heaven. “And He said to them, When you pray, say: Our Father Who is in heaven, hallowed be Your name, Your kingdom come. Your will be done [held holy and revered] on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us daily our bread [food for the morrow].  And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves also forgive everyone who is indebted to us [who has offended us or done us wrong].” Luke 11: 2-4 Amplified Bible Jesus was speaking to His disciples Who are His disciples today? Webster’s dictionary defines a disciple as: someone who accepts and helps spread the teachings of a famous person. Jesus’ disciples are His brothers and sisters who accept His teachings and help spread His good news to others. The Amplified Bible, written to clarify original Hebrew and Greek word meanings, expounds on believe as adhere to, cleave to, trust in, have faith in, cling to, rely on and depend on. Jesus’ disciples had to “believe” in Him like that to spread His message through the power of the Holy Spirit. So must we if we are to spread His word. Jesus confirmed that message when He said, John 10:27, “The sheep that are My own hear and are listening to My voice; and I know them, and they follow Me.” Prayer Webster’s dictionary defines prayer as: to seriously ask (someone) to do something. When we pray we are to seriously ask our Father to show us His will so we can carry out His will here on earth. “Our Father who is in heaven” Jesus was indicating God was His disciples’ Father also. God, the Father, is in heaven, directing His kingdom through Jesus who is now in heaven sitting at the Fathers right hand. Colossians 3:1 “If then you have been raised with Christ [to a new life, thus sharing His resurrection from the dead], aim at and seek the [rich, eternal treasures] that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.” “Hallowed be Your name.” Webster’s definition of hallowed is: secreted, revered, consecrated. “Your Kingdom come” God’s Kingdom is built on humility; the least is the greatest in His Kingdom. His Kingdom will only come through those who humble themselves, giving up on their natural thoughts and actions, then listen to God and take action empowered by the Holy Spirit. Romans 3:17 “for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” And the fruits of the spirit are His love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (even temper, forbearance), and kindness, His goodness (benevolence), faithfulness, gentleness (meekness, humility) and self-control (self-restraint). No laws are required when these spirits are abounding. All of God’s laws have been fulfilled. “Your will be done [held holy and revered] on earth as it is in heaven.” God’s will shall be done on earth as it is in heaven only through His disciples, His children, the same way it was done through Jesus while he was on earth. John 10:21 “Jesus said to them again, Peace to you! [Just] as the Father has sent Me forth, so I am sending you.” God’s children have the same Holy Spirit in them that was in Jesus, so they can work in His power to bring God’s kingdom to earth as it is in heaven. Romans 8:11 “And if the Spirit of Him Who raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you, [then] He Who raised up Christ Jesus from the dead will also restore to life your mortal (short-lived, perishable) bodies through His Spirit Who dwells in you.” For the Holy Spirit to operate, God’s children have to continually die to themselves, pick up their cross, and follow in Jesus’ footsteps, to death to our natural life. Only then will His kingdom come to earth as it is in heaven. This is a process, not just a one-time event. Just as a baby is born to grow and mature, you are to grow spiritually and take up your responsibility in God’s family. Philippians 2:12, “Therefore, my dear ones, as you have always obeyed [my suggestions], so now, not only [with the enthusiasm you would show] in my presence but much more because I am absent, work out (cultivate, carry out to the goal, and fully complete) your own salvation with reverence and awe and trembling (self-distrust, with serious caution, tenderness of conscience, watchfulness against temptation, timidly shrinking from whatever might offend God and discredit the name of Christ).” “Give us our daily bread [food for the morrow].” Jesus is the bread of life. John 6:35 “Jesus replied, I am the Bread of Life. He who comes to Me will never be hungry, and he who believes in and cleaves to and trusts in and relies on Me will never thirst any more (at any time).” Luke 4:4 “And Jesus replied to him, It is written, Man shall not live and be sustained by (on) bread alone but by every word and expression of God.” Our daily bread is our words from God to do and say what He is speaking to us through the Holy Spirit. Just as Jesus was sent so are we. John 20:21, “Then Jesus said to them again, Peace to you! [Just] as the Father has sent Me forth, so I am sending you.” Jesus listened to the voice of His Father and did as instructed, and then the power and love of the Holy Spirit flowed through Him. John 5:30, “I am able to do nothing from Myself [independently, of My own accord—but only as I am taught by God and as I get His orders]. Even as I hear, I judge [I decide as I am bidden to decide. As the voice comes to Me, so I give a decision], and My judgment is right (just, righteous), because I do not seek or consult My own will [I have no desire to do what is pleasing to Myself, My own aim, My own purpose] but only the will and pleasure of the Father Who sent Me.” God’s will shall never be done on earth (as it is in heaven) until His children listen to Him through the Holy Spirit in them and act on His leading, engaging in spiritual warfare to bring His Kingdom to earth. It is God’s plan for Jesus’ enemies to become His footstool. 1 John 3:8 “The reason the Son of God was made manifest (visible) was to undo (destroy, loosen, and dissolve) the works the devil [has done].” Ephesians 6:12, “For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the despotisms, against the powers, against [the master spirits who are] the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere.” We are all in a spiritual battle, for God’s side or for Satan’s side. We need to be very careful that we only follow those who know the power of the Holy Spirit and His power is flowing through them. 2 Timothy 3:5, “For [although] they hold a form of piety (true religion), they deny and reject and are strangers to the power of it [their conduct belies the genuineness of their profession]. Avoid [all] such people [turn away from them].” “And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves also forgive everyone who is indebted to us [who has offended us or done us wrong]” Every thought that does not come from God and every act we take out of that thought is sin against God, His kingdom and others. If we want God to forgive us we have to forgive others as He forgives us. Consider the negative aspect of this request. Do not forgive us our sins, if we ourselves do not forgive everyone indebted to us. Forgiveness can only happen in us and through us as we die going to the cross, and receive life and insight through the Holy Spirit.

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