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This is the final installment in our thoughts about the Lord’s Prayer. I leave this study with a little sadness. I know that I have barely scratched the surface of His prayer. Maybe in a few years I’ll have more to share.

The last part is simply three words: “forever and ever.” Again, like so much of this prayer, we say these words easily, letting them just fall from our lips. Let’s try not to let this happen, by His grace. The preceding words were, “For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory.” So, what is it that is forever and ever? Well, of course, He is. But in this prayer, Jesus emphasizes that the Father’s kingdom, power and glory are everlasting.

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This is the next installment in what has been an all-too-brief study of the Lord’s Prayer. It concerns the last few words of the last sentence, “For Yours is…the glory…”

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We have come to the final part of the Lord’s Prayer: “For Yours is the kingdom and the glory and the power forever.” This last sentence is no longer found in most modern translations because it isn’t in the best and oldest manuscripts. Nevertheless, I’m going to include it, since this is the way most of us in this contemporary culture have learned it, and I don’t find it to be anti-biblical in any way.

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We’re finally nearing the end of the study about the Lord’s Prayer. The last time, we talked about the difficulties surrounding the request, “Lead us not into temptation (or trial).” We noticed that Jesus was led into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit to be tempted by the devil and understood that the Lord will bring trials to our lives to test us. Perhaps we’ll understand this request about not being led into temptation better when we look at the last half of the sentence: “but deliver us from evil (or the evil one)”.  Jesus seems to be teaching us to pray that when we are tempted, or even led to a place of trial or temptation by His Spirit, that the devil won’t achieve a victory as a result of that trial.

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This sentence in the Lord’s Prayer is the one that I understand the least: “Lead us not into temptation.” Why is this difficult to understand? James 1:13 tells us that God tempts no one. And, if you think about it, we should be really happy about that. God tempting us would give us the idea that He is tempting us with something evil. Since he’s not evil, he can’t do that. One of the meanings of the Greek word that is translated “temptation”, “peirasmos,” is test or trial. Since the Lord doesn’t tempt anyone, I’m going to lean toward this meaning—but I’m not a Greek scholar by any stretch of the imagination. All I do is use the resources that I have.

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“Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who have sinned against us.”

I am so happy to be a Christian. I am so happy that the Lord has given us such a high standard by which to live. Honestly, I’m just stunned about what the Lord teaches us and expects from us. Anyone who has even a passing understanding of what Jesus taught should be challenged down to his or her core. Let’s look at a few of the New Testament commands that are just impossible for us to live up to.

“Be perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect.” That’s a nice place to start, don’t you think? Perfection. Sure. No problem.

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We have now come to the part of the Lord’s Prayer where Jesus tells us to pray, “Give us today our daily bread.” Unfortunately this request, for most of us in the United States, has become almost meaningless. We don’t need to ask the Lord to supply our bread today. We know it’s already sitting over there in the cupboard. However, we should think this through and work at understanding that we really are dependent on the Lord for our food—and for everything.

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The fifth portion of the Lord’s Prayer we’ll be looking at is this statement: Your will be done on earth as it is heaven.

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The next portion of the Lord’s Prayer that we’ll be looking at is, “Your kingdom come.”

What does it mean for us to pray that the Lord’s kingdom will come?

Well, for starters, there is a spiritual kingdom that was initiated by Jesus and which He began talking about when He began His ministry. There is also a future kingdom that, while surely spiritual, will be quite real. The Bible makes it clear that there will be a day when the Lord will establish a kingdom on the earth.

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This third installment about the Lord’s Prayer deals with the phrase, “holy be Your name.” I’ll be transparent here. This is the part of this prayer that is the most difficult for me to understand, and it has to do with my lack of ability to wrap my brain around God’s holiness.

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