“For Yours is the kingdom and power and the glory.” (Matt 6:13).
We often read about great prayers and the great things that have been accomplished as a result.
OT: Moses prays with his hands lifted up and the Israel’s army is winning;
NT: The church prays for Peter’s return. As they pray, he knocks at the door: God answered their prayer as they prayed.
I remember reading about missionaries praying for God’s provision and often next day the cheque with the amount needed was in the mail box.
These prayers are rare and far apart.
The Lord’s Prayer is a prayer between prayers…a prayer between great prayers, I could add.
A. The Lord’s Prayer is the “everyday” prayer…just as
-the bread we need every day;
-the forgiveness we need to receive/give every day;
-the protection we need from temptation and the evil one every day.
Because we do receive these things every day, we get used to having them, and think that we deserve them…it is our right…right?
But bread, forgiveness and protection against the evil one are God’s wonders for us…everyday wonders.
B. The Lord’s Prayer is a prayer for the (life’s) long journey
Life is a long journey, taken one day at a time. God is the best companion for our life’s long journey. That becomes more apparent as we grow older. Old age is the time when we become more aware of the fact that it was Him who kept us going…all along.
Listen to His promise, “Even to your old age and grey hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you” (Isaiah 46:4). So we say our thank you: “Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory”. Forever.