Belt of Truth
Knowing and Applying God's Truth to Real Life
Matthew 6:9-13 (NKJV)
In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
What truth is revealed? This is the most famous and common prayer found on planet earth. It is called the “Lord’s Prayer,” but, it would be more correct to consider it the disciple’s prayer, for Jesus gave it to us as an example of how we should pray.
What is the command, wisdom or promise? Perhaps the most intriguing aspect to this prayer is the conditional phrase, “forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.” It tells us that Jesus cares about the condition of our relationships with one another; furthermore, Jesus told us that the forgiveness that is given to us by the Father is tied to our forgiveness towards others. (Matthew 6:14,15)
What does this mean to/for me? If I am to pray this prayer with sincerity, then I must examine the condition of my heart with regard to others. I only have one logical route to take; I must forgive those who are in my debt. I must have a clean heart before I can boldly pray that the Lord’s will be done.
What action can/should I take? Do I want the Lord’s will to be done in my life? That is an important question that I must answer. It means that I must forgive others and seek the forgiveness of others that I have offended. (Make no mistake, that is God’s will for my life) I need to take the Pauline advice from Romans 12:18. “If it be possible, as much as it depends on you, live peaceably with all people.”
As revealed by God through the Life and Message of Christ; through the wisdom of Solomon; through the letters of the Apostles; through the inspiration of God.