Jesus displays no ego and loves us without emotion. That makes Him “like the best dude ever!”
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The Lord’s Prayer is what I would consider to be our template for daily living and also the example Jesus set for us in how He lived His life. He commanded us to follow Him.
Pray, then, in this way:
‘Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.
‘Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven.
‘Give us this day our daily bread.
‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. [For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’]Matthew 6:9-13
How to Follow Jesus
- My Father: Acknowledge your Father, your King, your God. It’s His glory. Not yours.
- Your kingdom come: Realize the story is still unfolding and keep watch. This isn’t fantasy. He will come back for us at some point.
- Your will be done: Stay out of the way of His plan. Do not hinder the Gospel. Walk in increasing righteousness.
- Give me this day: He promises to supply or provision you with the things you need. Be grateful for each day as it’s an opportunity to make progress in your walk of faith.
- Forgive me my debts: Forgive those who have hurt you before approaching the Lord for forgiveness. It’s hypocritical to ask for forgiveness while bearing a grudge against your neighbor. Don’t hold yourself back with hate.
- Deliver me from evil: Avoid sin by learning more and more about God’s Word and put what you’ve learned into daily practice (walk-the-walk as best you can).
- Yours is the glory: Realize that it’s all His glory in the entire Bible. We praise Him for what He did for us as we are not able to do it for ourselves or each other. Only His gift saved us. Cherish it.
Let’s unpack that.
Gracious is the LORD, and righteous;Psalm 116:5 (NASB)
Yes, our God is compassionate.
Being a Christian means that you are a part of God’s family. We all get to be born and walk the fleshy path of this life just like Jesus did.
These are perilous days indeed, but know that your father is walking with you. You are never alone.
Your kingdom come
Therefore, be on the alert – for you do not know when the master of the house is coming, whether in the evening, at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning – in case he should come suddenly and find you asleep. What I say to you I say to all, Be on the alert!Mark 13:35-37 (NASB)
Much of the Church has stopped watching for His coming. Many Christians simply freeze up at the mention of prophesy. Pastors have begun focusing on the love-train to heaven and only provide “family-friendly” weekends and activities. We need more than watered down Christianity.
My advise: keep watching. We’re almost home.
Your will be done
who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself.Philippians 3:21 (NASB)
God wants us to transform our ways into His ways. We do this through obedience, but knowing what He wants us to do requires digging into the word. Practice makes better, and He will eventually make us complete.
Give me this day
We need God to sustain our spiritual, mental, and physical lives. We live at His mercy.
So we should ask God to give us an opportunity to serve Him with the day He has given us.
Forgive me my debts
God expects us to forgive, don’t hold a grudge, and let it go. We reap what we sow: you might not be forgiven if you don’t forgive.
People are broken, delusional, and fully willing to do evil. It’s not personal anymore because we have been purchased out of that swamp.
You’re a child of God and Jesus is your Lord. Focus on His glory: not your hurt.
He already saved us….
All He really wants is for us to repent, spread the Word, and steward everything He gives us including the helpless souls. He would also like us to watch for His coming while we do it so that we are constantly plugged-in to His plan.
Deliver me from the evil one
Believers in Christ should have the desire to “avoid the dangers of sin altogether” (MacArthur note – Matthew 6:13). Our behaviors will often leave us open to Satan’s assaults, but we should have the posture of deliverance from our failings.
Yours is the glory
to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.Ephesians 3:21 (NASB)
The goal of our lives is for all of our actions and words to honor Him because nothing we do will ever be good enough to earn a place in Heaven. It is a gift.