A call to devotion, respect, humbleness and action is what the art of praying is all about. The Lord’s Prayer, or the Christ model of prayer as preferred by this padre. Is indeed an illustrative narration by Jesus, teaching that the execution of the cause, and mission of Christ is the cause of true warriors of the cross. With one phrase from that group of verses having several different applications. As such, Christians should know how to apply all of those verses together when praying.
Consider two applications concerning the clause found in, Matthew 6:11, about “our daily bread.” This posting will discuss two more applications that can be applied, when praying for “our daily bread.”
When praying, “give us our daily.” A common error occurs because many assume it means we have a ‘give me’ and ‘do this for me’ Father in heaven. When actually, it can be associated with our service for Christ. This can be done by providing for the material needs of our communities. Jesus often used phrases in His teachings to represent several practical applications. The phrase give ‘us our daily bread’ is one of them. If you read the gospels, this was important to Jesus. The provisions Christ provides, we should distribute, as the peoples ‘daily bread’ which are gifts from God.
Then of course, “our daily bread” is represented by what God automatically does for us as Christians. This is accordance with Matthew 6:8, “… for your Father knows what you are in need of before you ask Him.”
Then we have Holy Communion. Our daily bread becomes the body of Christ. Luke 22:19, “He took bread, gave thanks, and broke it, and gave unto them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; this do in remembrance of Me.” Representing the broken body of Christ. Not the defeated Christ because defeat is impossible. Christ said, He had already overcome this world, John 16:33. After Christ finished distributing the bread, “He took the cup saying, this cup is the New Testament in My blood, which is shed for you,” Luke 22:20. Closely associate the cup of Holy Communion with this scripture. “And He was clothed with a vesture (his body broken and bloodied) dipped in blood; and His name is called The Word of God,” Revelation 19:13.
Three verses represent yet another meaning of Matthew 6:11, “Give us our daily bread.” “This do in remembrance of me,” Luke 22:19 and 20. Magnificently tied together by Revelation 19:13. I suggest that you memorize those three verses. Then when taking Holy Communion, silently repeat those verses, and experience new depths to your communion observation.
Christ is instructing His followers to recall the full cycle of His life. His plan, and His mission of taking up the hard work of the cross. Symbolic in His broken body. Suggesting as Christ followers that we are required. To put ourselves in harms way for the cause and mission of Christ, if necessary. The most significant role we have is to offer the gospel to humanity. Which under certain circumstances, can be very dangerous. As time progresses towards, His kingdom on earth. Christianity will not be a practice for the faint at heart. That is what Holy Communion is ultimately about. The cycle of his life and our service to him.
The cup representing the blood of Christ is processed in three steps. Accepting the word of Christ, baptism which is the public process of confession by the renouncing of sin. As recorded in Mark 1:4, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. Then the participation in Holy Communion is an act of remembering the whole process.
The forgiveness of sin is not automatic. It is a process of individual under taking. We all must ask for forgiveness, Matthew 6:12.
The second phase is controversial only because some argue that disciples are empowered to forgive sin. It is the age old division between the Catholic and Protestant religions. A clergyman is in a unique position, when as a chosen disciple, he listens to sinful confessions. But like any other disciple, (you) we can only show the way. The ultimate remission of sin occurs as a result of the spilled blood of Christ. Matthew 6:12, reads, “Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who wrong us, our debtors.” Taken to mean that the disciple must have been purified by the blood of Christ. Then the disciple is able to show the way to forgiveness but without the ability to forgive sin. All Christ followers, are empowered to assure forgiveness of sin, once the repentant confesses, and accepts the Christ sacrifice. And in the church age, a heart belief in His resurrection from the dead. For it is written, “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in Him shall be saved,” Romans 10:9-11.
As believers in the Christ purpose and mission, we must continue to rebuke our sins and hold no grudges, vs.12. For spiritual perfection, and purity is never ours. But progress can be experienced. The Psalmist wrote, “He restores my soul and leads me in the path of righteousness for His name sake,” Psalms 23:3. Discover its depths, and experience its rejuvenating powers.
The Christ model of prayer, or the Lord’s Prayer, requires that we ask to escape sinful opportunities. By being delivered from the presences of evil, vs 13. To be pure for Christ, is no easy chore.
In conclusion, our Father in heaven is holy, and worthy of our adoration, Matthew 6:9. We pray for His “kingdom to come,” verse 10. Because His is the “kingdom” and the “power” and the “glory”, Amen, Matthew 6:13. We are His instruments for the providing and receiving of “daily bread.”
Perhaps the gospel of John sums up the purpose of the Christ model of prayer. “These things have I (Jesus) spoken to you, that you may have peace. In the world you shall have tribulation. But be of good cheer, I (Jesus) have overcome the world, John 16:33.
Yes, indeed “in the world you shall have tribulation.” The world is a nasty place and it’ll get nastier, as Christendom is made irrelevant for the sanity of a world gone mad. But Christ will always have a remnant, who will not allow Christ to become irrelevant. Therefore; perhaps, we where born for each other. As a remnant of warriors brought together to defend and declare the relevancy of Jesus Christ. Making irrelevant through the arts of acting violently in a nonviolent manner. Those who are the cause of our tribulations.
One last expression the work done for Christ is a work of hardship. Therefore; when appeals are made, its not likely that entire congregations will come forth for the cause, though it would be nice because everybody can do something.
But there are many out there, who are Christians, but left the organized church for many different reasons. Not least among those reasons was because of an association with a church that was about everything. Except making irrelevant those who those who delight in making Christianity an experience of tribulation.
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