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The Lord's Prayer Sermon

1. Our Father

God has 2 names in the Scriptures, Elohim and Jehovah.. These names are varied or combined with others to bring out or emphasize certain attributes of the Godhead. Such variations can be rendered in the English version as God Almighty, The Living God, The Most High, The Lord or The God of Hosts. He is revealed in the scriptures as one who is infinite and an eternal being. He is purely spiritual, supreme personal intelligence, the creator and the preserver of all things. Perfect moral Ruler of the Universe. He is the only proper object of worship. God is tri-personal: The Father, The Son, The Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:1, Matthew 3:16-17)

Elohim calls attention to the fullness of his divine power. Elohim represents God in his relationship to the whole world, as Creator, ruler in the affairs of men, and controlling the daily operations of the Earth. Elohim is used when concerning the Gentiles, whether they are being spoken to, spoken about, or just speaking. Unless there is a specific reference to Jehovah, which is the God of the chosen people, Israel.

Jehovah (Yahweh) means He Who is. And it declares his divine self- existence. Jehovah is a proper name of God.

Nissi- The Lord Is My Banner, name given by Moses to an altar that he erected upon the hill where he sat with uplifted hands during the successful battle against the Amalekites (Ezekiel 17:15). Nothing is said about sacrifices on the altar suggested that the altar was to serve as a memorial to Jehovah.

Shalom- The Lord Is Peace, name given to an altar erected by Gideon in Ophrah after the Lord had given him the commission to deliver Israel from the Midianites, confirming it by miracles and a message of peace (Judges 6:24)

Shammah- The Lord Is There, figurative name given by Ezekiel (Ezekiel 48:35) to millennial Jerusalem seen by him in his vision. This signifies that Jehovah has turned his favor once more to Jerusalem, which will have great prosperity as the capital of the earth in the Kingdom age.

Jireh- The Lord Will Provide, name given by Abraham to the mountain (Moriah) on which the angel of the Lord appeared to him and not only arrested the sacrifice of Isaac but provided a ram in his place (Genesis 22:14).

Mount Moriah-area where Abraham went to sacrifice Isaac, thought to be the same Mount Moriah (a hill outside of Jerusalem) on which Solomon built the Temple, on the spot once occupied by the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite (2 Chronicles 3:1). Jews believe that the altar of burnt offerings in the Temple stood on the site where Abraham was to sacrifice Isaac.

Can God Be Known? The scriptures say that God is incomprehensible (Job 11:7, 36:26, Romans 11:33) If God showed us 1000 things new about him every day for 1000 years, we would only see a glimpse of what God is. Complete knowledge of God is unattainable. Also the scriptures represent God as revealing Himself to man. We cannot fully comprehend God, but we may truly know him. Eternal life and blessedness is in such knowledge (Matthew 11:27, John 17:3)

2. Which art in Heaven

1st heaven-Earth's atmosphere (Hosea 2:18, Daniel 7:13)

2nd heaven-location of stars, planets and every other astrological item (Genesis 1:14-18)

3rd heaven- location of God, location unknown to man, actual place (John 14:1-3)

3. Hallowed by thy name means that Gods name is holy, honored and wonderful.

4. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven

We should pray for the advancement of Gods cause, putting him first in all we do. We should also pray for the day when our savior Jesus Christ sets up his kingdom on Earth and reign forever.

In Genesis, Satan tempted Eve with the fruit of the forbidden tree telling her all lies. But Adam, out of his own free will, ate of the forbidden tree (Genesis 3:6). With that event, man chose to do what they wanted to do and not what God wanted to do.

That is why Jesus wanted us to do what God wants done according to his will and not ours. Jesus finally gave the choice of will back to God when he prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane when he prayed Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me, nevertheless, not my will, but thine be done (Luke 22:42).

5. Give us this day our daily bread

After putting God first, you then can present our needs to God. This is saying that we are relying on God for spiritual and physical food (Jehovah Jireh Our Provider).

6. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

Here debts are considered to be sins. Jesus died on the cross for the sins of mankind. So if we believe with all of heart and confess that we are sinners and saved by the blood of Jesus, we will be saved. The bible also says that if we do not forgive people who sin against us, how do we expect God to forgive us of our sins (Matthew 6:14-15).

7. And do not lead us into temptation.

This part of the prayer may sound to contradict James 1:13 which says God would never tempt anyone. But God does allow his people to be tested and tried, just like Job was tried by Satan. But as we pray to not be lead into temptation, we should not go to places where we will be tempted by things of this world.

8. But deliver us from evil

Here we pray for the safety from all that Satan and his demons can attack us with. It is the hearts cry for our daily salvation.

9. For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever, amen.

Here is where we pray that the future earthly kingdom will belong to God and God alone. Power and glory will no longer be given to Satan but to God forever. Satan is defeated and is cast into the lake of fire for eternity.

wrote by Mark F. Workman