Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, 'Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.'
So He said to them, 'When you pray, say:
Our Father in Heaven,
Hallowed be Your Name.
Your Kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in Heaven.'
I learned the Lord's Prayer as a child. My three-year-old grandson learned it, too. For children, It is a precious Seed sown into the soil of their lives. For many, the Seed grows early. For me, It grew late.
A necessity for the growth of any seed is water. For God's Seed, this water might include a godly family, fellowship, church, teachers and Bible study. At the perfect time, His Seed sprouts and willing hearts take the plunge of Baptism--a commitment to Christ and His path.
Only with continuing water, light and cultivation can a 'Planting of the Lord' (Isaiah 61:3) become fruitful. The fruit of wheat is its kernel. The kernel comes after the flower. The flower comes after the leaf. The leaf comes after the growth.
Consider the first five lines of the Lord's Prayer: 1) 'Our Father in Heaven.' We acknowledge God as our Father Who nurtures and guides us. 2) 'Hallowed be Your Name.' We praise His Name above all names as holy. 3) 'Your Kingdom come.' We invite God's Spirit into our lives. 4) 'Your will be done.' We humble ourselves as His obedient children. 5) 'On earth as it is in Heaven.' We believe earth will be perfected as a reflection of Heaven.
Followers of Jesus must learn His priorities. The Lord's Prayer is a perfect starting point. I never understood It as a child. Nevertheless, the repetition of His Words can transform the ignorant, even me--at His appointed time.
But since we're asking for His will to be done in our lives, what is His will for us?*
'And this is the will of Him Who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life' (John 6:40).
To Be Continued...
*Additional Scriptures on God's will for us:
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Bread of Life series.