The Lord’s Prayer–Blueprint for Building God’s Temple–Us

The Lord’s Prayer is a blueprint showing us how to become His temple, which is the habitation of God.  It is not a ritualistic chant.

An architect’s blueprint contains blue lines and white paper that to the trained eye reveal what the building should look like.

The Lord’s prayer is a spiritual blueprint that shows us what the temple of God looks like and how to build it. Christ said that His house “shall be called of all nations the house of prayer” (Mark 11: 17).  And in His example prayer to us, we understand what those prayers consist of in His temple.  And His temple is us (I Cor. 3:16).  We, His sons and daughters, born from above, born of the King, are now His princes and princesses in training to rule with Him.  “To him that overcomes will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne” (Rev. 3:21).

So what do we do with a blueprint?  A building contractor would not stand around repeating the dimensions found in the blueprint. By merely reading and repeating the words and figures found on the blueprint, the edifice would never get built.  Rather, he has to study it, visualize it, believe in the vision of the architect for the building, and get to work in order to make it a reality.  This is what God’s children need to be doing–studying out His example prayer and understanding what it means, and then do it.

To illustrate, the disciples asked Jesus (Yahshua in Hebrew–the same name as the anglicized name “Joshua”… <Dictionary.com http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/joshua> ).  “Teach us to pray.”  And He told them, “After this manner pray,” and then He spoke the model prayer.

“After this manner…”  After this way.  Make your communication to God based on these precepts I’ve given you in this example prayer, He was saying.  And the precepts are based in selflessness.

But many prayers that are offered up to God are shameless petitions for self–asking for material things.  These prayers cannot penetrate the brass of heaven’s dome.

To be heard by the Almighty, we must get on His wavelength.  And God’s all about reproducing Himself.  We are now “born of that incorruptible seed, the word of God.”  But that is just the start.  We must grow up into him, no longer content to be little babies in Christ, always wanting something from Him.

We must study to unlock the secrets of His kingdom, secrets held close to the heart of God, secrets that He will reveal to them that are in awe of Him, secrets encrypted in a spiritual blueprint called “The Lord’s Prayer.”

So, let us dig into it, line by line, phrase by phrase, extracting His thoughts about how He is going to get Himself down into His temple, us.  This I hope to do in the next few posts, beginning next time with “The Lord’s Prayer–Our Father.”  Kenneth Wayne Hancock

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5 responses to “The Lord’s Prayer–Blueprint for Building God’s Temple–Us

  1. dove124

    where in the world did you get that stupid idea ? What particular verse in the bible can it be found.?
    Are you still using that prayer ? I perceive that you still have not understand the bible. True to the saying of Jesus Christ , to them that are without, all thing are done in parable, that in seeing they may see and not perceive; and in hearing they may hear but not understand. And another one is, “ever learning but never come to the knowledge of truth”.

  2. wayneman5

    Surely you don’t mean to say that God’s plan and purpose for His creation is stupid. “Blueprint” is a metaphor for His plan and purpose because a blueprint contains the plans in building the edifice. His plan and purpose is contained throughout the scriptures. We have it all in a nutshell in “the Lord’s prayer.” Christ was teaching the disciples what things they should communicate to God about, which is His plan and His purpose, which is outlined in that prayer Christ gave them. Please read the entire post and the previous one before making such an unfortunate statement.

  3. anonymous

    I tend to think you are correct sir. The coming messiah from Jewish history would accomplish two things: (1) defeat the enemy/foreign nation; (2) reestablish or cleanse the temple. How strange is it that God uses Cyrus (who is called the “anointed one”, messiah in Hebrew) to subdue the nations of the earth and then allows Exra to return and rebuild the temple? Jesus certainly did defeat the enemy (death) but also cleansed and reestablished the temple saying that his house would be a house of prayer. Then his teaching on prayer fits well with what the temple was to be, a holy place for God’s name to dwell (1 Kings 9:3), a place where God’s kingdom was realized and God’s will would be done on earth as in heaven (1 Kings 9:4-5). It was a place of sacrifice for sins (“forgive us our sins as we forgive…); a place where alms were distributed (give us this day our daily bread); and the dwelling of the Shekinah (thine is the kingdom, power, and glory forever)

  4. wayneman5

    The words He spoke were “spirit and they are life.” The spiritual temple, our bodies, and the physical temple are seen here. Thank you for your comment. KWH

  5. linda

    Most people had really strayed from basics, A̶̲̥̅♏ really blessed by your analysis and would like to know more about your views on this. Thanks

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