Teach us to Pray - 2

Teach us to Pray – 2

 

The Lord’s prayer is intricately connected to Jesus’ mission; of seeing God’s rule and reign come.

Our Father – is a junior business partner’s approach to their senior partner. 

“Father” [Commander-in-Chief]

Hallowed be your name – Is a declarative statement that Revival would come. People would hallow the Lord. ie. get right with him. 

Hallowed be your name [Let all people on the planet acknowledge Jesus’ Kingship]

The disciples were to pray the fulfilment of Ezekiel 36:23: “I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the nations, which you profaned in their midst, and the nations shall know that I am the Lord, when I am hallowed among you before their eyes.”

Your will be done – is to pray the rule of God to the earth in every sphere of life.

When the disciples became followers of Jesus they embraced this Yoke. What Yoke have you embraced. And what was the Yoke of Jesus: That the powers of the Age to Come could be accessed ahead of time by faith.

  1. Olam Hazeh (This Present Age)
  2. Olam Habah (Age to Come)

Olam Hazeh (This Present Age)

Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.

Matt. 12:32

will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age: homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields—along with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life.

Mark 10:30;

far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.

Eph. 1:21

The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

2 Cor. 4:4

Olam Habah (Age to Come)

But those who are considered worthy of taking part in the age to come and in the resurrection from the dead will neither marry nor be given in marriage,

Luke 20:35

The two Ages intersected by the Day of the Lord.

The coming of the Age to come into this world was the Gospel [lit. Good News]. This was Jesus’ Yoke.

Why is this important. Answered prayer is contingent on alignment with the will of God.

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.
1 John 5:14

Our will has to align with His will. What is His Will? The Kingdom!

This world intersected by His world.

If you want even a look in with God, pray in accordance to His will.

Give us today our daily bread

“Give us today…” is not a petition for just enough. It is a prayer for overflowing abundance.

The Greek word in this verse translated “daily” [epiousios] is not regular Greek for “daily”.

There is a commonly word for “daily”.“Daily” is not a rare concept, but epiousios is a very rare word, so rare indeed that it does not occur in even one of the multitudes of ancient Greek documents and manuscripts.

So what does that mean? It means that epiousios is a made up word.

Epiousios is the combination of a few Greek words that combine together to mean: “the bread of the coming day”.

What does that mean? 

The bread of tomorrow is the bread belonging to the Age to Come.

What is the bread of today [This Present Age]? Not enough, hard to come by, only just enough.

What is the bread of the Age to Come – more than enough, overflowing, a feast, the banquet.

When Jesus multiples the food, it was a food invasion from the Age to Come.

So what Is Jesus calling us to pray when we pray “Give us each day our daily bread:” “Release Heaven’s abundance and bounty to the earth that we might have more than enough in every area of life”

Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us

The disciples would have intuitively understood what Jesus was getting them to pray when they asked God for the forgiveness of sins.

The forgiveness of sins to a 1st century Jew was not about them personally getting right with God and clearing their account before Him. The Forgiveness of sins was an an event in their future that makes the end of judgement and exile from God.

Although the Jews in Jesus’ had returned from Babylon, from which they had been exiled to 400 years prior, they considered that they were still in exile from God.

Their sin, evil and rebellion against God had resulted in them being taken away from the Promised land in into Babylon. Though they had returned from Babylon back to Israel but they are still exiled because the Presence of the Lord had not returned to the Temple and pagan enemies ruled over them.

At the heart of God’s work with Israel is the Presence of God, a theme coursing through the whole Old Testament — from Genesis 3:8 to Genesis 12 to the house of God with Jacob to the tabernacle’s and the temple’s ark of the covenant and especially with the temple and on and on. God’s Presence is at the heart.

And this Presence vacates the temple as an act of judgment in Exile.

When God’s Presence is absent it is called Exile, or the “death” or exile. The end of Exile is the return of the Presence to the temple.

The Jews looked forward to the Day when God would forgive their sins are return once more. The forgiveness of sins was the end of exile. It would be marked by the return of the Presence of God to the Temple, freedom from captivity, and the removal of oppression from their midst.

Jews of Jesus’ day were not looking to be rescued from this world but for a renewal and rescue within this world (113). They were looking for that renewal in connection with the return of the Presence to the temple, and that means they were looking for the end of Exile and an expression that was often used to speak of the end of Exile was… the forgiveness of sins. NT Wright

To pray for the forgiveness of sins was akin to praying for the Year of Jubilee. Every 50 years in Israel  the slaves were set free and could go home. All things that had been lost because of indebtedness were cancelled and returned to their rightful owners.

To pray for the forgiveness of sins became another way of saying pray for a “new Exodus to the Promised Land.”

So how does “Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.”

It is us praying “Let jubilee come and the slaves go free, as we also release people from slavery and oppression”

And lead us not into temptation

As you might have guessed “Lead us not into temptation” does not mean help me when I am struggling with personal sin. Though it is not invalid to pray this, it is not what Jesus means here.

In the journey between Egypt and the Promised Land the Jews went through the Wilderness. An 11 day journey took 40 years. Why? They tested God.

How? They failed to believe Him.

Jesus recognized that to see the Kingdom Come is the Promised Land reality. But to see the Kingdom come is warfare where the enemy will contest what God has made available to us through Jesus.

To pray “lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” is really a prayer that we would remain in faith, and hope in the journey of seeing the Promised Land in our lives and in our midst.

but deliver us from the evil one

The acknowledgement of the battle between the exodus and getting to promised land is not a historical event but also a metaphor for seeing the kingdom come into our lives and world today. The reality is that this is a battle.

They went into Capernaum; and immediately on the Sabbath He entered the synagogue and began to teach. They were amazed at His teaching; for He was teaching them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. Just then there was a man in their synagogue with an unclean spirit; and he cried out, saying, “What business do we have with each other, Jesus of Nazareth? Have You come to destroy us? I know who You are—the Holy One of God!” And Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be quiet, and come out of him!” Throwing him into convulsions, the unclean spirit cried out with a loud voice and came out of him.

Mark 1

[Strengthen us to walk in the light and remain faithful regardless of what the Devil tries to throw at us]

 Father [Commander-in-Chief]

Hallowed be your name [Let all people on the planet acknowledge Jesus’ Kingship]

Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, on the earth as it is in heaven [Let revival come to planet earth in every sphere of society and mountain of influence]

Give us each day our daily bread. [Release Heaven’s abundance and bounty to the earth that we might have more than enough in every area of life]

Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. [Let jubilee come and the slaves go free, as we also release captives from slavery and oppression]

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one [Strengthen us in our journey of pursuing your Kingdom in every area of our lives, to hold on in hope, faith and love in the midst of our toil and struggles]

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Matti was born in the UK and lived there until 2001 when he moved with his New Zealand wife, Jodie, to her homeland. He worked in online travel marketing up until 2004, when he attended Bible College to train as a pastor. Following his training he led a Baptist Church in Auckland for a number of years before moving with his family to Redding, California where Matti and Jodie attended the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry. They then returned for two years to London, UK where they led a pioneering ministry, ministering in Central London, training and equipping believers to see the Kingdom of God in and through their lives.Over this time they saw God move on the streets of London seeing signs, wonders and miracles and numbers of people saved. In August 2016 he accepted a call to lead New Life Church Kelowna. Matti and his wife Jodie have 3 children, Grace, Olivia and William. He loves the outdoors, socialising and having fun.

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