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? Jesus ends the “Disciple’s Prayer” with an acknowledgement of God. To the Father belong the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory forever. The Father’s Kingdom encompasses as ever-expanding universe as He continues to create. His power and glory cannot be comprehended or fully appreciated by humankind.
What is the command, wisdom or promise? Jesus gave us a blueprint for prayer. He starts and finishes the prayer by honoring God. Such an attitude of reverence recalls Proverbs 3:6. “ In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” We acknowledge who He is, what He has done, and what He promises to bring forth.
What does this mean to/for me? God is greater than my needs. God is greater than the creation. God is greater than what I imagine. AND…He is able…as my provider, as my escape from temptation, as my strength of character, and as my encouragement when forgiving others.
What action can/should I take? I need to pray this prayer often. Not as a vain repetition, but with the understanding of the deep spiritual implications. To call attention to the incredible greatness of God. To call on Him to lead my life and to be my provision in all that defines the purpose of my life.
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.