Praying the Lord’s Prayer | Part 2 on Matthew 6:9-13 Prayer

This is a kind of expanded version of the Lord's Prayer, where each line provides a meditative heading in order to guide your prayers. The goal is not just trying to get through this as if it’s a ritual. The purpose is meditation and prayer. The Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13; Luke 11:2-4) Jesus says… Matthew 6:6, 9-13 (ESV) 6 But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. ...9 Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. 10 Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread, 12 and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” My Father in heaven You are my Father in Heaven, which defines who you are to me and who I am to you. You are my origin — You are my Creator — my Maker (Ps 139:13) — and I am created in your image of love, righteousness, and creativity. You are my Father in Heaven, which means I’m a child of Heaven (Phil 3:20). I exist because you created me and wanted me to exist (Ps 139:16; Rev 4:11) — you wanted “me” in your universe (Eph 1:4-5). I exist by you and for you and through you (John 1:3; Rom 11:36; Eph 2:10; Col 1:16). You are the Author of all life (Acts 3:15) — a bottomless fountain of living water (Jer 2:13), and there is no true good apart from you (Ps 16:2; Jam 1:17). You are intimately acquainted with every detail of my life (Ps 139:3; Matt 10:29-31; Lk 12:7) You are my Father who is present with me forever (Ps 23:4; Ps 118:6-7; Ps 139:7; Matt 6:6). You are “our Father” — You said, “It’s not good for the man to be alone” (Gen 2:18). I am created to live in the context of your redeemed community — so all followers of Christ are my brothers and sisters who are precious in your sight. Hallowed be your name Your name is the I AM (Exodus 3:13-15). You are the Eternal One. The Source of all existence. The Giver of all life. You are the I AM who is always 100% present with me without being any less present anywhere else in the entire universe. You are the I AM who is always in my present tense. Glorified by your name. Treasured above all else in my life be your name. Cherished more than anything or anyone else in my life be your name. Ultimate be your name in my soul, my heart, my loves and affections, my wants and desires, my mind and thoughts, and in my body. May your name be my greatest trust. I want to bear your name in holiness — I want my life to bring glory and honor to your name in my words, my relationships, my work, my… May your kingdom come Your kingdom is the true Shalom my heart longs for. I want to live for the coming your kingdom as my greatest hope and desire (Matt 13:44-45; Rom 5:2). May your kingdom come more and more in my mind and my heart and my life. I want to seek first your kingdom and your righteousness as my greatest possession (Matt 6:33). In your kingdom, the Forever God is my God forever (Rev 21:7). I am your temple right now on earth to faithfully represent your kingdom (2 Cor 6:16). May your will be done (on earth as it is in heaven) I exist by your will and for your will (Rev 4:11; Rom 11:36) True life, true joy, and true satisfaction are forever found only in your will, but every other will and everything else will be nothing in the end (Ps 16:11). Your will is the only will that is my good forever (1 Cor 2:7, 9). I trust in your will for my life. Not my will, but your will be done (as Jesus prayed in Lk 22:42).   Give me this day my daily bread Provide for me everything I need for today — every grace and mercy, every wisdom and skill, the money I need, the work I need, the relationships I need, the healing I need, and the protection I need. I cast all my anxieties and cares on