Eyewitness: p. 146
Eyewitness Stories: Mathew 6: 9-13
NLT: Matthew 6:9b
In Your Bible: Matthew 6:9-13
The disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray. His first powerful words must have shocked the Twelve. These words should also impact us when we fully comprehend them. This model prayer is intended for all believers. The disciples learned how to pray.
Yes, Our Father
Jesus’ intimacy surprised the disciples when he started with Our Father (not my Father), the Creator of all! He then guides them to keep the Father’s name holy and revered. *
God’s Kingdom Come
He appeals for God’s Kingdom to come quickly. For those receiving Christ, truly believing in him will be filled with righteousness, peace, and joy. Their inheritance will be the Kingdom forever.
God’s Will be Done
Next, Jesus affirms the Father will prevail . . . your will be done on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:11 Eyewitness Stories). All the surviving inhabitants of the earth will eventually do God’s will. Jesus taught that as disciples learned how to pray.
Prayer: Father, what a wonder you are. Your Son gave us a glimpse of your holiness. Help me grasp it and cling to your side.
Questions: How would you explain to others the excitement of the first two verses of the disciple’s prayer? Pray like this: Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy. May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:9,10 NLT.)
Ponder this statement by Philip Keller: “Our view of God is often too small – too cramped – too provincial- and too human.” **
* Matthew Henry’s Commentary in one Volume, Matthew Henry, Regents Reference Library, Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1960, pp. 1228,1229.
** From A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23, by Philip Keller, Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1970, p. 16.