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