The Lord’s Prayer
“The Lord’s Prayer”:
- “...Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen”
Along with Jesus instructing His disciples how to pray, there are at least two other noteworthy things to be observed.
~First: We need to pray daily, as evidenced by:
- “Give us this day our daily bread.” Matthew 6:11
Here we are instructed to ask God to give us THIS day our daily bread. This means we have to ask EACH day for God to give us THIS day our daily bread.
~Second: More evidence that the KJV is the correct version:
Matthew 6:10 says: “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.”
So, we are instructed to pray for God’s will to be done IN earth as it is in Heaven. When we pray for this, we are praying for God’s will to be in IN us (and thereby IN our hearts), as we are earthen vessels:
- “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.” Genesis 3:19
- “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.” 2 Corinthians 4:6-7
This makes sense because we want God’s will in all things. (Jesus himself prayed this in Luke 22:42: “Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.”)
But, most of the other bible “versions” change the “IN earth” to “ON earth.” This changes the meaning of praying for God’s will to be done “in us” to God’s will to be done “on earth”. Kind of like saying to God “do what you want out there on the the earth but not in my heart.”
We want Jesus IN our hearts, so we can do His will:
- “Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” Hebrews 13:21
Note in the above scripture: “… to do his will, working in you…”
This is confirmed by the following scriptures:
- “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:” 1 Peter 3:15
- “But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.” Romans 8:9
- “That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,” Ephesians 3:17
- “To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:” Colossians 1:27
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