Luke 11:1-13

Jesus continously connected with the Father — often very early before His disciples were yet awake.,and often throughout the entire evening He remained awake- giving up much needed sleep because His priority was His communion with the Father.  If the Father wanted to speak to Him throughout the night, then Jesus willingly remained in communion with Him.   Jesus did not place priority on  His own personal need for sleep.  His love for the Father is too great for that.

The disciples noticed the reality and sincere Love He shared with the Heavenly Father and that was yet one more thing they were in awe of with Him.    One of His disciples noticed Him praying one day in a certain place, and he asked Jesus to teach them to pray.     Now every Jewish man was taught to pray and read the Torah as a child-  it wasn’t like the disciples had never prayed to God before- they loved the Creator.,     However, they never ever saw anyone pray like Jesus-  All of thier religious leaders prayed official oratory prayers in front of the public so when they saw their Lord pray through the Holy Spirit- they were in awe.  They wanted more.

Jesus must have smiled at them with compassion- and responded to their request by teaching them one of the most simple yet beautiful prayers every adult or child can meditate on and pray with their entire heart to the Father.   It is known as the “Our Father’ prayer, and is often wrongly recited without paying attention to the meaning of each word.

“And He said to them, “When you pray, say:

“Father, May your Name be hallowed (sacred and revered).  May Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven. Give us each day our daily bread and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive every one who is indebted to us;  and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil…”

In another gospel, the remainder of that prayer is not left out as Jesus continued ….”For Yours is the Kingdom and the Power and Glory forever and ever..”

When studying this prayer we notice how Jesus begins this prayer with praise and deep sincere reverence to the Father.   We see His Vision for His Father’s Kingdom to spread throughout the Earth as it is in Heaven- and not just the Earth itself, but each of us individually for we are “little individual earths” in need of restoration and alignment back to the Father.

He then teaches the disciples further in the prayer to ask the father for our daily bread. This daily bread is not necessarily material food- but is more the daily spiritual food provided for our spiritual good each day-   this includes our daily trials and tribulations which are our spiritual “meat” to help ground us in our spiritual walk.   In Jesus’s own experience, He often ate the “bread of affliction” – and He accepted it from the Father with love.

“Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who have sinned against us”     At one time Peter asked Jesus how often must we keep forgiving a person who repeatedly sins against us– seven times, Lord?”  he asked.   Jesus looked directly at Peter with His piercing eyes and respond, “Not Seven times but Seventy x Seven!  meaning, forgiving with no limit.      This is how Jesus lived continuously- not just when He was dying on the cross, but throughout His entire life.

“Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil” :   The Heavenly Father will  never lead anyone into temptation- but the original scriptures intended to mean…  “Lead us away from temptation and deliver us from that evil- as well as the evil within our own fallen souls that responds to satan.

“For Your’s is the Kingdom and the Power and Glory forever and ever..”

Here we see Jesus ending this beautiful prayer with another note of reverence and worship to the Father.    We see in this last line His attitude of genuine submission to the Father.  Even though Jesus is our King in Exile and when He returns will set up His Father’s Kingdom upon this Earth– After all is subdued under Him, He will surrender the entire Kingdom to the Father with love- and complete restoration will have taken place on this Earth- as in  Heaven.   He will continue to be the Bridegroom of our Soul, and we will all be united with the Father as He is- we will all be One with the Father.    Jesus, our Shepherd King in Exile will have gathered His sheep Back to the Father’s Fold.