by Omolola Oriogun
Aunty: Hello children
Children: Hello Aunty
Aunty: It’s closing time, so let us come together for prayers. Now, let’s recite our LORD’s prayer
Children: Our Father which art in heaven Hallowed be thy name thy kingdom come
Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespassed against us
And lead us not in temptation
But deliver us from evil
For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory,
Forever and ever Amen!!!
Wow, the joy that streams from the children whenever they’re reciting this prayer is bigger than giving them candies and chocolates, especially if there’s a promise attached to the recitation or they’re about to go home.
But there’s something I discovered studying the bible which shows and proved that “Matt. 6:9-11 and Lk. 11:2-4” are not the LORD’s prayer. If you read those verses, you’ll see that JESUS was teaching His disciples how to pray because they asked Him to teach them how to pray.
Here are the formats Jesus used in teaching His disciples how to pray:
1. Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name – Acknowledgement and Worship of GOD;
2. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, As it is in heaven – Welcoming of GOD’s presence;
3. Give us this day our daily bread – Daily needs;
4. And forgive us, Our trespasses, As we forgive those, Who trespassed against us – Supplication for mercy;
5. And lead us, Not into temptation, But deliver s from evil – Prayer of protection;
6. For thine is the kingdom, Thy power and thy glory, Forever and ever, amen – Acknowledgement and Worship of GOD.
If you look at this format, you’ll see that it started with ‘Acknowledgement and Worship of GOD’ and ended with the same. JESUS is showing us that the worship of GOD is more paramount than any other thing in this life.
The question then is, which prayer then is the LORD‘s prayer?
From the bible, especially the book of John the beloved, we’ll see where Jesus expressed His thoughts, pains and prayers to and before His disciples. He admonished them, He told them of things to come and finally He prayed to God for them and many others that would believe.
John Chapters 14 through 16 show us how Jesus comforted His disciples with His words, answered their questions, told them about the Comforter who will come after He was gone, and gave them His peace and assurance. He also told them who He is and who they should be in Him, i.e. He being the true vine and they the branches, so that God will be glorified in it all.
He made them understand they are in the world but not of the world so that they’ll know how to live in the world. He reminded them to love one another and be one just as He and The Father are one. He told them to keep all the commandments He gave.
He made them understand what they would face in terms of persecutions, betrayals, blackmail, deceptions and even death. He told them that since He was going through such they would face tribulations too. He told them of the works of the Comforter which is to convict the world of sin, righteousness and of judgment. He helped their unbelief and answered the questions of their heart concerning His death and told them of His coming back for them.
In John 17, Jesus lifted up His eyes to heaven, acknowledged and worshipped God in addition to praying for His disciples along with all that would believe on His name. He prayed from His heart for them, He committed them into the hands of His Father with deep groanings, prayed God to give everyone that has come to believe on the Father through Him the glory and love of God and that they will be where He is.
These are prayers that came from the deepest part of the soul of our LORD JESUS CHRIST, which are not ordinary words to be recited but thought upon. These are prayers that nothing or words in this world can replace or take away, prayers of which the fulfilment is certain.
This is the Lord’s prayer and that is what we should pray at all times, as well as teach our loved ones to desire to pray.