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Lord, Teach Us To Pray!



“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name. 
Your kingdom come, 
 your will be done, 
 on earth as it is in heaven. 
 Give us this day our daily bread, 
 and forgive us our debts, 
 as we also have forgiven our debtors. 
 And lead us not into temptation, 
 but deliver us from evil.
 (Matthew 6:9-13) 


While the Lord's Prayer is often one of the first passages of scripture we memorize, how close do we pay attention to the words as we repeat them?  Do we think about the meaning behind the words?

The other day I was reading my children a book about Martin Luther (The Barber Who Wanted to Pray, by RC Sproul).  Luther is well-known for his dedication to prayer, and would often spend hours on his knees in fervent communion with God.  At one point, his barber asked if Luther would teach him how to pray.  The result was a letter entitled "A Simple Way to Pray".  In it, Luther instructed his friend on how to meaningfully pray through the Lord's Prayer.

Since reading this account, I have been praying through this beautiful passage.  In doing so,  something struck me as I meditated on the words.  I want to share with you what I believe are prophetic portions in the Lord's Prayer!

"Your Kingdom Come"

All creation is yearning for Jesus to restore and rule His Kingdom (Romans 8:19-23).  Jesus gives us an example to specifically pray for this!  When will His Kingdom come?  At the Second Coming when Jesus sets up His Millennial Kingdom!

"Your Will be Done on Earth as it is in Heaven" 

We long for Jesus to rule humanity, with His will being carried out upon the Earth. Looking over history, it is blatantly obvious that when human will is done upon the earth, it results in a mess of sin and suffering.  When we pray for God's Will do be done on earth, we are praying for the literal fulfillment of all biblical prophecies. There's a lot more that could be said, but I'm going to keep it simple: "Please come, Jesus, and fix everything better!!!"

It's the next two phrases I think we need to mine more deeply.

"Lead Us Not Into Temptation"

While Jesus promises not to allow us to be tempted beyond what we can bear, are we really to pray not to be tempted at all? Scripture is clear that we *will* be tested and tried, throughout the church age. We are to consider these trials and tribulations a joy:

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. (1 Corinthians 10:13) 

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. (James 1:2-4) 

Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame (Romans 5:3-5) 

In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 1:6-7) 

Is it possible, then, that "lead us not into temptation" doesn't mean the regular trials of faith and life that we are certainly to encounter and are even to embrace?  Let's look at the interlinear to see!

Lead - Strong's 1533 eispheró - to bring or lead, to carry inward

Temptation - Strong's 3986 peirasmos - an experiment, a trial, temptation; trial, probation, testing, being tried; temptation; calamity, affliction. Thayer's Greek Lexicon adds the additional insight of "adversity, affliction, trouble".

Does a trial, testing, calamity, affliction, and trouble remind you of something you have probably studied often—the Time of Jacob's Trouble (Jeremiah 30:7)?  Could Jesus have been encouraging us to pray "do not carry us forward into the Times of Trouble"? Does He suggest this elsewhere as well?

I believe He does:

"But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.” (Luke 21:36) 

What about the word Jesus chose for temptation, that we are to pray to not be led into? It's not the same word He uses for the "greatest tribulation", which begins long after the rapture event. Instead, He uses the word for trouble and trial, which is also used here:

Because you have kept my word about patient endurance, I will keep you from the hour of trial [peirasmos] that is coming on the whole world, to try those who dwell on the earth. (Revelation 3:10)

 ...then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials [peirasmos], and to keep the unrighteous under punishment until the day of judgment... (2 Peter 2:9) 

Jesus tells us to pray that we will not be led into the hour of trial that is coming upon the whole world, and that we will have the strength/worthiness to escape all these things that are going to take place! The only way we can be worthy to escape is through His blood as our covering—being born again into the family of God.

"But Deliver Us From (the) Evil (One)"

If we are to pray not to be led into the time of trouble on earth, what else are we to pray? That we are to be delivered from evil, in general? Or is there a more specific meaning here?

Deliver - Strong's 4506 rhuomai - to draw to oneself, deliver; I rescue, deliver (from danger or destruction). From HELPS Word-studies - "properly, draw (pull) to oneself; to rescue ("snatch up"); to draw or rescue a person to and for the deliverer."

Note the term "snatch up"? Sounds kinda like the harpazo, or rapture, doesn't it! Where else is rhuomai used? Let's see!

Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver [rhuomai] me from this body of death? (Romans 7:24)

When do we get delivered from this body of death? At the resurrection/rapture event!

For they themselves report concerning us the kind of reception we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers [rhuomai] us from the wrath to come. (1 Thessalonians 1:9-10)

 ...and if he rescued [rhuomai] righteous Lot, greatly distressed by the sensual conduct of the wicked (for as that righteous man lived among them day after day, he was tormenting his righteous soul over their lawless deeds that he saw and heard); then the Lord knows how to rescue [rhuomai] the godly from trials, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment until the day of judgment... (2 Peter 2:7-9)

As in the days of Lot, we will be rescued before God's wrath pours down on those who "refused to love the truth and so be saved" (2 Thessalonians 2:10).

Evil - Strong's 4190 ponéros - evil, bad, wicked, malicious, slothful. It is also translated as "evil one". From Thayer's Greek Lexicon - ὁ πονηρός is used pre-eminently of the devil, the evil one: Matthew 5:37; Matthew 6:13; Matthew 13:19, 38; Luke 11:4 R L; John 17:15; 1 John 2:13; 1 John 3:12; 1 John 5:18f

It is important to note that in the Greek, there is a definitive article tou (the) in front of ponērou. Thus the translation is most accurately rendered "the evil (one)". We are to pray to be delivered from the evil one, satan, himself.

In the Lord's Prayer, Jesus is teaching us to pray for Bible prophecy to be fulfilled.  This includes the petition that we would not be led into the time of trouble on earth (the "tribulation" or 70th week of Daniel), that we would be delivered from the evil one (satan, including his unholy trinity of the antichrist and false prophet), and that Jesus would come and establish His millennial kingdom on earth.

Built in to the Lord's Prayer is a plea to be raptured!!! Isn't that amazing!??!!

Can we corroborate that elsewhere?  Do we see hints of this anywhere else in scripture?

Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn! (2 Peter 3:11-12) 

Peter speaks of waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God (the day of the Lord). We know from our scripture study above, that the rapture occurs BEFORE the day of the Lord, and so when we pray for the day to haste we are also praying for the rapture!




Are you CERTAIN of your Salvation, beyond a shadow of a doubt?  Do you KNOW that no matter when the rapture occurs, you will be counted worthy to escape?  If not, please read Blessed Assurance:  A Guide to Rapture Readiness.

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26 comments:

  1. . . . .for thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, forever and ever, Amen.

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  3. Good point...Good Prayer...

    Strongs H-2020 "deliverance"

    G-2020 "to dawn" (nasb) = "about to begin"

    Luke 23:54 "and the Sabbath was about "to begin" - G-2020 -

    The Rest is about to begin for the Bride - Hallelujah!

    www.itwasaplan.com

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  4. Her 'Our Father' in Ængliscre spræce:

    "Fæder ūre, þū þe eart on heofonum; Sī þīn nama gehālgod, tō becume þīn rīce,gewurþe þīn willa, on eorðan swā swā on heofonum.
    Ūrne gedæghƿāmlīcan hlāf sele ūs tōdæg, and forgif ūs ūre gyltas, swā swā wē forgifaþ ūrum gyltendum, and ne gelǣd þū ūs on costnunge, ac ālīes ūs of yfele, sōþlīce.

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    1. Moin

      What language is that?

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    2. It looks like that is some kind of obscure really old english. Pre-King James era.
      Its the Lords prayer.

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    3. Old English, a West-Germanic language which is very similar to German and Dutch. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_English

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  5. That is unbelievable! I have been making that connection with the Lord's Prayer for about a year now about being kept from temptation (tribulation) and delivered from evil (delivered is what made the connection for me as the rapture is connected to us being delivered).

    I always made the association that the Lord's prayer actually tells the whole story. Thy kingdom come - Jesus coming to earth,
    They will be done - Jesus filling prophesy
    Give us this day our daily day
    Bread - the current time in history where we wait for Jesus to come back and eat/digest God's word.

    Thanks for this post!

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  6. It is definitely interesting that the word for "temptation/trial" in Matthew 6:13 is the exact same word as in Revelation 3:10.

    Really makes you rethink what we're praying!

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  7. Thank you Stephanie, as with so many things in Scripture, there is more than one application! I love that you have noted a prophetic insight into the disciples' prayer. I have, as you no doubt have as well, heard many teachings on this passage--one of which expands and personalizes each line so that it takes about an hour to pray--all of them helpful. But I have never viewed these words through the lens of prophecy! How rich, and fitting. Everything God has done, from Creation to His Son's sacrifice on the Cross to the Second Coming is with one thought in mind: Redemption. How we long for our completed (spatially) redemption as well as that of the whole earth. How we long for righteousness to, FINALLY, rule and reign over all creation. How appropriate that the very prayer our Lord taught us to pray should speak not just to the here and now, but to the future of all creation!

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  8. Stephanie

    I know what everyone thinks is the "Lords Prayer" isn't.
    It's the disciples prayer, a prayer Jesus never prayed.
    I'm just saying!
    The "Lords Prayer" is in John 17:1-26
    These things Jesus spoke; and lifting up His eyes to heaven, He said, "Father, the hour has come; glorify Thy Son, that the Son may glorify Thee, even as Thou gavest Him authority over all mankind, that to all whom Thou hast given Him, He may give eternal life.

    "And this is eternal life, that they may know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom Thou hast sent.

    "I glorified Thee on the earth, having accomplished the work which Thou hast given Me to do.

    "And now, glorify Thou Me together with Thyself, Father, with the glory which I had with Thee before the world was.

    "I manifested Thy name to the men whom Thou gavest Me out of the world; Thine they were, and Thou gavest them to Me, and they have kept Thy word.

    "Now they have come to know that everything Thou hast given Me is from Thee;

    for the words which Thou gavest Me I have given to them; and they received them, and truly understood that I came forth from Thee, and they believed that Thou didst send Me.

    "I ask on their behalf; I do not ask on behalf of the world, but of those whom Thou hast given Me; for they are Thine;

    and all things that are Mine are Thine, and Thine are Mine; and I have been glorified in them.

    "And I am no more in the world; and yet they themselves are in the world, and I come to Thee. Holy Father, keep them in Thy name, the name which Thou hast given Me, that they may be one, even as We are.

    "While I was with them, I was keeping them in Thy name which Thou hast given Me; and I guarded them, and not one of them perished but the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled.

    "But now I come to Thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they may have joy made full in themselves.

    "I have given them Thy word; and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

    "I do not ask Thee to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one.

    "They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

    "Sanctify them in the truth; Thy word is truth.

    "As Thou didst send Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.

    "And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they themselves also may be sanctified in truth.

    "I do not ask in behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word;

    that they may all be one; even as Thou, Father, art in Me, and I in Thee, that they also may be in Us; that the world may believe that Thou didst send Me.

    "And the glory which Thou hast given Me I have given to them; that they may be one, just as We are one;

    I in them, and Thou in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, that the world may know that Thou didst send Me, and didst love them, even as Thou didst love Me.

    "Father, I desire that they also, whom Thou hast given Me, be with Me where I am, in order that they may behold My glory, which Thou hast given Me; for Thou didst love Me before the foundation of the world.

    "O righteous Father, although the world has not known Thee, yet I have known Thee; and these have known that Thou didst send Me;

    and I have made Thy name known to them, and will make it known; that the love wherewith Thou didst love Me may be in them, and I in them."

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  9. Hmmm, I find it interesting that the Pope actually changed the wording of the "Lord's Prayer" last year. Specifically, from "lead us not into temptation", to "Do not let us fall into temptation".

    It may just be me, but, in light of the above teaching by Ms. Dawn, the Pope's changes do have the appearance of some very cunning slide-of-hand.

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    1. Yes I agree, and the subtle differences in various rewritten bibles soon loose the intended meaning.

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  10. I didn't see this is any comments yet..In that very first part, at the end of the sentence are the words "in heaven" and.. also the last sentence, of the first part, the words again at the end are..."in heaven". (Closed sentence, like..it is so)
    To me, it does tell the story of him. Like in her article so many great points. I always think about him deeply when I say the prayer.. like how he was first sent from the Father in heaven, taught the kingdom come, love, forgiveness, pleasing God and more and how he was lifted up on a cloud from earth into heaven.

    I love the prayer. It sure helped me get through some tough times when I couldn't even think enough to come up with my own words. Great memories in the making to talk more about when we all get to heaven.

    Thank you for the article Stephanie!

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    1. It is certainly a prayer to make you look up into the sky. Probably one of it's intended purposes.

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  11. Pretty much covers all the bases:
    It acknowledges who God is and His place in our lives, now and forever.
    It covers our needs for the day
    and the future.
    It helps to keep us in a right relationship with God.

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