"After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven." Matthew 6:9,10
When Jesus gave us the Lord's prayer, it was a model by which we would know how to pray. He didn't intend for it to be a ritual prayer. He didn't intend for it to be a prayer to "sooth our conscience"-- meaning that it wasn't intended to make us feel like we had done our religious duty that day if we prayed it. He didn't intend for it to be something we could recite when we need something spiritually encouraging. He didn't intend for it to be some "mindless" memorization that would give us "brownie points" because we could quote it.
His intention was so that His disciples-- us included-- would take its words to heart and make them have meaning and application in our lives. So, when He said to pray, "Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done", He intended it to be sincere words that came from a heart of love and devotion that truly wanted the Father's will to be done in the earth, in heaven and in their lives.
We have gotten away from His intention. We have changed the "wording" up. We have changed it to fit our own fleshly and self-centered desires, instead of His original intent. Our prayer has become, "Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done when it is convenient for me; when it fits into my plans; when it doesn't interfere with my agenda; when I can get around to doing it; when it doesn't impose itself on me; when my schedule can accommodate it."
Is this the way you pray? Is this become your model-- your will over His will? Or do you earnestly and sincerely pray for His will no matter the cost, the inconvenience or the adjustments that you have to make in order for His will to be fulfilled?
Have a great day. Is the Lord's Prayer your true desire?
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