“After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:9-10).
I recently read of a man who had read the Sermon on the Mount everyday for a six month period of time. He is a pastor and he claims it was a life-changing experience for him and for his congregation. No doubt!
In what is often referred to as “The Lord’s Prayer” (Matthew 6:9-13) – probably better to call it “The Model Prayer,” Jesus teaches his disciples, and all who will listen, including you and me, that it is best to start off our time of prayer by recognizing the holiness and majesty of God, and then submitting ourselves to the Lordship of Christ in and over our lives.
When you think about it, we spend so much of our lives focused on ourselves, rather than on God, and we seem consumed with doing our will, more often than consumed with doing God’s will.
And at times, we “Christianize” our will. 🙂 As one author noted:
The problem that many of us face is that when we become Christians we simply adjust all of our natural ambition toward Christian things. Whatever effort we put toward the pursuit of carnal goals before Christ is now spent in pursuit of Christianized goals. Not much changes. It seems from Scripture, however, that God is challenging us to lay down our ambitions. Not simply to adjust them but to abandon our ambitions in exchange for His. In order for this great exchange to take place a few things have to happen.
O Lord, You and You alone, are holy and worthy to be praised. We pray today for You to reign as King in our hearts, our homes, our churches, our communities, our country, our halls of government, and our world. We surrender and submit ourselves to Your Kingship and ask that You have Your will and way in our lives and ministries!