Praying Through the Bible #129
TEXT: Matthew 6:9-13
We are continuing our in-depth look at the six parts of what is called the Lord's prayer. As a reminder, those six essential parts are as follows:
1. We praise and recognize God.
2. We put God's will before ours.
3. We ask for our daily needs.
4. We confess our sins and ask for forgiveness of sin.
5. We ask God to deliver us from temptation and evil.
6. We praise and recognize God's glory once again.
We have already looked at the first five building blocks of this 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...," "forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors," and "lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil." Today, we are going to look at the final building block in which Jesus Christ teaches us to pray, "For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen."
This final part of the Lord's prayer tells us the underlying purpose of our prayers. Notice the word "for." Why do we make all of the requests which we make in our prayers? Why do we make each of the requests that are delineated in "the Lord's prayer"? Ultimately, it ought to be for God's kingdom, God's power, and God's glory.
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