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Amen (Matt 6:13)

Finally Jesus closes His model prayer  using the word Amen. The word “amen” is not like the ham radio sign off – “over and out!” It is not us telling God we are done now, or worse that we are now dismissing Him.

Amen, when used at the end of a sentence has the implication – “let it come to pass.” Jesus uses this word often. The striking thing about the way Jesus uses this word is where it comes in His sentences.

Jesus starts His sentences with ‘amen’. The thing is that when He does this it is usually rendered truly or verily. In looking this word up, I was impressed by the following information about this ancient word in

Thayer's - Greek English Lexicon

“The word "amen" is a most remarkable word. It was transliterated directly from the Hebrew into the Greek of the New Testament, then into Latin and into English and many other languages, so that it is practically a universal word. It has been called the best known word in human speech. The word is directly related -- in fact, almost identical -- to the Hebrew word for "believe" (amam), or faithful. Thus, it came to mean "sure" or "truly", an expression of absolute trust and confidence.

Today, not only our prayers, but our lives need to be punctuated with Amen – fore and aft! [Tweet This]

Thanks for reading today.

Come back soon.

Ben

Forever… Matthew 6:13

Check this out!

Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's Messiah

There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, On the throne of David and over his kingdom, To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness From then on and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will accomplish this. (Isaiah 9:7)

The LORD shall reign forever and ever. (Exodus 15:18)

The LORD will reign forever, Thy God, O Zion, to all generations. Praise the LORD! (Psalm 146:10)

I will make the lame a remnant, And the outcasts a strong nation, And the LORD will reign over them in Mount Zion From now on and forever. (Micah 4:7)

and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever; and His kingdom will have no end.” (Luke 1:33)

And the seventh angel sounded; and there arose loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord, and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever.” (Revelation 11:15 and Handel’s Messiah)

And there shall no longer be any night; and they shall not have need of the light of a lamp nor the light of the sun, because the Lord God shall illumine them; and they shall reign forever and ever. Revelation 22:5)

Enough said.

Thanks for stopping today.

Ben

All of the above are quoted from the NASB.

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.

Christ ends the model prayer much as it began. Taking time again to acknowledge the greatness of the Father. The 3 “Ours” of the prayer (bread, forgiveness and guidance) are sandwiched in a God glorifying context.

Our needs are secondary to the kingdom and glory of our wonderful Father.

It’s Your kingdom we seek – Your reign in our lives, and in those around us, and in our world. We look forward to the day that the kingdoms of this world become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ!

It’s Your power we see. We are not looking to become powerful, but rather to be empowered with Your power. We want to be a conduit of your power. Lord, help me be an outlet where others can plug in and tap the power of the Creator God I serve. [Tweet This]

It’s Your glory we would behold! It is all about the glory of God. When Jesus teaches us this prayer, it is so that you are able to pray a prayer that will bring Glory to God. Jesus tells us in John 15:7 that God is glorified by giving us what we ask for when we are in relationship with Him.

It’s forever!!!! Not only does it last forever but it starts here and now. You don’t have to die before God can begin to work in your life, and get glory for Himself through your life.

Thanks for reading today. Glorify Him in all you do and say today!

Ben

“…deliver us…” from Matt 6:13 NASB

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This word ‘deliver’ caught my attention today. Most translators use the word deliver in this context, however the NASB uses the word ‘rescue’ for most of the other times this appears. In fact Thayer’s says that the Greek word ῥύομαι’ (pronounced rhü'-o-mī) means “to draw to one’s self, to rescue, to deliver.” I get the picture in my mind of a Life Saver on the side of a ship.

Jesus is standing on a safe place (OK – He is that safe place) and He throws us a lifeline which we cling to (OK – He is that life line) and He draws us to Himself as we hang on (but we have no strength for holding on.)

NOPE – scrap that – that’s not it – how about this.

God the Father is that solid, immovable, safe place, and Jesus is the Life Saver. God throws His only Son into the torrents and Jesus grabs us as we cry for rescue. He holds onto us and draws us back to the safe place, by His power, His strength, His hold on us. He is what we depend on for rescue. He is our rescue!

Here are 4 other places this word show up – check these out.

For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, (Colossians 1:13 NASB)

“then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from temptation, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the day of judgment,” (2 Peter 2:9 NASB)

The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed, and will bring me safely to His heavenly kingdom; to Him be the glory forever and ever. Amen. (2 Timothy 4:18 NASB)

and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, that is Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath to come. (1 Thessalonians 1:10 NASB)

Check it out – rescued from:

  • Domain (or dominion) of darkness
  • Temptation
  • Evil deeds
  • Wrath to come

So Jesus, in the Lord’s Prayer instructs us to pray that Our Father deliver/rescue us from the dominion of darkness, temptation to walk in evil deeds, and from the wrath to come. Good prayer!

Pray this with me today.Lord, rescue us! [Tweet This]

Thanks for reading today. Hope this helps.

Ben

And do not lead us into temptation (Matt 6:13)

This part of the prayer always seems a bit odd to me. Jesus, in teaching us how to pray to the Father gives us this phrase. It is great as a stand alone, but when I get to James 1:13 I scratch my head a bit.

Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone. (James 1:13 NASB)

It strikes me as odd that Jesus would instruct us to ask the Father not to temp us, when God is untemptable, and does not temp anyone with evil.

But as I ponder this, I remember that in Mark’s gospel, after the baptism of Christ I read this:

And immediately the Spirit impelled Him to go out into the wilderness. And He was in the wilderness forty days being tempted by Satan; and He was with the wild beasts, and the angels were ministering to Him. (Mark 1:12-13 NASB)

This word “impelled” some translations use the word drove. What is wild is that many of the time this word (impelled – Greek “ekballo”) is rendered ‘cast out’ as in the case of demons.

Don’t get me wrong, this is not the word used in our verse, but my point is that the Holy Spirit “drove” Jesus into the wilderness to face satan’s temptation. (Clearly it is not the Father doing the tempting here, but God is clearly able to lead or put us in situations where our faith will come under pressure.

And by the way, it is OK to pray that He does not do that! In fact when you find yourself in a place of temptation there are clear instructions in the Book for that too!

For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and may find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:15-16 NASB)

Can you share the story of a time you faced temptation, and found that victorious grace in your time of need? Will you share it with us? Victory is contagious!

Thanks for reading today.

Ben

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