Give Us Today – Lord’s Prayer Matt 6:11-12

Matthew 6:11, 12 Resources relationships

“Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” This verse is from Matthew 6:11 and 12, part of the Lord’s prayer. (Part 3 of the Lord’s Prayer Series)

In the early verses of the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus taught us to center our minds and hearts on God, on his majesty and on his purposes. And now we are at the part where we can lay out our resource and relationship needs before God. This part is not a free for all, to ask for whatever our minds can imagine, but rather a time to make the requests that will help us to do the work he has assigned us to do, in the context of the other verses.

Give us Today: Resources

Daily bread sounds so necessary and down to earth, and certainly our daily physical needs are part of what God wants us to ask for. Bread also has strong spiritual overtones in the Bible, all the way from the manna from heaven to the time when Jesus refers to himself as the bread of life. (John 6:35). Part of the resources we need to ask for is grace sufficient for day, to bring us closer to the heart of God and align our hearts and minds with the things that God wants for us.

Give us Today: Relationships

The Lord is very much for reconciliation between himself and each of us, and in our daily relationships. This verse is making is clear that we are expected to be forgiving towards each other as we continue to ask for forgiveness from God.

This post is the second of a five part series on the Lord’s prayer. Please enter your email address over to the right to get the next part of the series. Tell me about your experiences with prayer in the comments!

Matthew 6:11, 12 Resources relationships

Give us today our daily bread, forgives us our debts as we also have forgive our debtors Matt 6:11,12

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Your Kingdom Come – Lord’s Prayer

Your kingdom come

Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  Matthew 6:10 (Part 2 of the Lord’s Prayer Series)

Today I re-read the Lord’s prayer in the Message version of the Bible. I learned the Lord’s prayer as a child in the King James version, and I love the poetic flow of the words. But sometimes its good to read another version, so the words and ideas seem new and fresh.

In the King James version, the second part of the Lord’s Prayer is: Thy kingdom come, thy will be done. And in the Message version its: Set the world right. Do what’s best, as above, so below.

A Heart’s Response

This second part of the prayer is a heart’s response to the first part of the prayer where we have praised God and put Him in his appropriate place in our lives. We have ascribed him power, greatness and holiness. We have looked up from our daily lives and seen the true glory of the Lord.

In the second part of the prayer, we are responding to this glory of God in our lives. As God is the best and the highest, it inspires us to focus on what He wants, on his kingdom, on his will, here on earth right now. It inspires trust and faith that He knows what is right and is always working towards His goals.

Setting our Sights on the Kingdom

Jesus was always talking about the kingdom of God, telling us what this kingdom was like, to open our eyes to his Father’s plans. I know I get captivated by my own problems, my own needs and wants. I get lost in these little things and constantly forget to watch for God’s kingdom, to see his hand in all the circumstances that surround me.

With this part of the prayer, we shed my earthly vision and give our circumstances over to the Lord with the hope and courage to let Him use them for his kingdom and his purposes.

We pray to see more of the kingdom, to see things through God’s eyes, to know his purposes in the things that surround us right now. This is a whole discipline in itself, to live in surrender and hope that his word is true – that he is working things out for good – including the details of daily life.

Give me vision, give me hope – I surrender this day to your will and watch for your hand. Keep me vigilant, I don’t want to miss one thing You are doing.

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