The Lords Prayer: Holding on to a Prayer that was Never Meant for us

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The Lords Prayer is one of those sacred cows that most see as a prayer that should play a prominent role in the lives of Christians today.

I wrote an article a few days ago where I eluded to the fact that I don’t believe the Lords Prayer was meant for the New Testament church.

Since writing that article I’ve received several questions as to why I believe what I believe regarding the Lords Prayer. I’m writing this article to answer those questions and to explain my position on the Lords Prayer.

Jesus came to bridge the gap between man and God. Jesus came to bear the sin of the world and provide a means of renewed fellowship between God and His creation.

Let me begin this post by saying that I’m not writing this article to try to convince anyone of anything. If you find comfort in praying the Lords Prayer, I encourage you to continue to do so. If you can pray the Lords Prayer and get your prayers answered then it would be foolish of you to stop praying it.

My intent in this message is simply to explain why I cannot pray the Lords Prayer and why I don’t believe the Lords Prayer was meant for Christians.

The Lords 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 trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us.
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the Kingdom, the power and the glory, forever.
Amen

God’s Word Revealed to Man

The bible is the inspired Word of God. The bible is what we as Christians live our lives by. The Old Testament scriptures were originally translated from the Hebrew language. The New Testament scriptures were translated into English from the Greek language.

Before translation into the English language, the scriptures were written in one continuous narrative with no chapter or verse designations. Needless to say, this made finding a particular passage difficult and very time consuming.

The chapter divisions, verse designations, and punctuation marks were all added by men for clarity and understanding. The words of the bible are divinely inspired of God. The chapter divisions, verse designations and punctuation marks are not.

In most instances, these man made additions add clarity, understanding and make finding reference points in the bible very easy. In other instances, they cause confusion.

Out with the Old (Testament) and in with the New (Testament)

Jesus came to bridge the gap between man and God. Jesus came to bear the sin of the world and provide a means of renewed fellowship between God and His creation.

When Jesus walked the earth and ministered to people, He did so under the Old Testament. The new could not be ushered in until the old was done away with. The old could not be done away with until Jesus was resurrected.

One must keep in mind that even though the Book of Matthew is designated as the first New Testament book, everything that took place prior to the resurrection of Jesus took place under the Old Testament.

Jesus ushered in the New Covenant between God and man at His resurrection, therefore the Book of Acts should actually be the start of the New Testament.

The Lords Prayer was a Present Tense Prayer

In the arena of finances, if my 12 year old son came to me and asked, “Dad, teach me how to handle my finances” I would sit him down and talk to him about ways he could handle his $10.00 per week allowance that would yield him the greatest return.

I would talk to him about the importance of saving. I would talk to him about the importance of giving and show him from the scriptures how we are commanded to give to those who are less fortunate.

Everything I share with Jordan about finances would pertain to where he is in life right now. At this point in his life, there would be no need for me to talk to Jordan about 401K’s, how many deductions to claim on his w-2 form, deducting mortgage interest and using it as a tax write off, investing for retirement, and forming Corporate entities as a means of saving on taxes.

The answer I give Jordan would apply to his $10.00 per week allowance, not the $100,000 salary he will be earning 15 years from now. Why? Because we aren’t at the stage in his life where these things are an issue for him. His original question of “Teach me how to handle my finances” pertains to the present, not the future.

The same was true when the disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray. When Jesus taught his disciples to pray, He was giving them a model prayer to pray out the last days of the Old Testament. They asked a present tense question and Jesus gave them a present tense answer. Their question wasn’t, “Lord, teach us to pray once you’re gone” (future tense). They wanted to know how to pray right then (present tense).

Examining the Lords Prayer

Our Father, which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name
Thy Kingdom come…

When Jesus gave His disciples the Lords Prayer, the Kingdom of God had not come. The Kingdom of God is a designation of time. That designation of time being post resurrection. The Kingdom of God is the release of the hold that the enemy had on mankind and the translation of us who believe into a right relationship with God.

God ushered in the Kingdom of God through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus (Colossians 1:12-14). Through our acceptance of Jesus as the Lord and Savior of our lives, we enter into the Kingdom of God. Praise God! We have been translated into the Kingdom of God! At the time Jesus gave the disciples the Lords Prayer, they could not enter into the Kingdom of God, since Jesus had not paid mankind’s debt yet.

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 trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us.
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil…

In the Lords Prayer, Jesus told the disciples to pray that they be delivered from evil. Evil only exists because of the evil one. If you take away the evil one, you negate evil, which is characteristic of the evil one.

Through the death of Jesus Christ, we have been delivered out of the power of he who held the power of death, that is the devil (Hebrews 2:14-15).

Praise God forever more! We who are in Christ are no longer held captive by the evil one, therefore we are delivered from evil. That’s not to say that we aren’t susceptible to the evil in the world. We are in the world, but we are not of the world.

On this side of the resurrection of Christ, the prayer that we be delivered from evil has been realized. Evil no longer has a hold on us.

We Overcome through the Blood of Christ

We are Kingdom residents. We are Ambassadors for Christ. According to Webster’s dictionary, the definition of an Ambassador is: The highest ranking person who represents his or her own government while living in another country.

We are not of this world. Our Kingdom is the Kingdom of God. We are governed by the laws and statutes of our own Kingdom while on assignment here in this world.

Thank God for Freedom

I thank God for the freedom we have in this country and I thank God for the freedom we have to worship, and to form our own independent relationships with God.

I realize that The Lords Prayer is sacred and foundational in the lives of many people. This article was not intended to offend anyone, nor was it meant to change opinions. I wrote this article simply to share my beliefs on the Lords Prayer and why, according to scripture, I cannot make it a part of my prayer life.

Praying the Lords Prayer does not affect our salvation nor our relationship with God. If by reading this article, the Spirit of God was able to show you some things and pique your interest in the Lords Prayer as it pertains to Christianity, Praise God! If not, I thank you for taking the time to read this article.

Yours in Christ….

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2 Comments

  1. Quite thought provoking. Thank you for challenging me. There are some blogs you read and forget. There are others that become a part of your daily thought process. This is one that will be turning over in my brain for quite some time.

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