We have been taught by men who have lead us to believe the Lord’s Prayer begins at Matthew 6:9 by starting with, “Our father, which art in heaven…” But we have failed to grasp the beginning of that verse which says, “After this manner therefore pray ye…”
This is not the Lord’s Prayer. It is simple an example of how we, as believers should pray. The real Lord’s Prayer is John chapter 17. This is the prayer the Lord prayed right before He was crucified.
The real Lord’s Prayer begins at verse one of John chapter 17 which says, “These word spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven and said, “Father, the hour is come, glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee.” Notice that Jesus was aware the time had come for him to be crucified and He was asking God to glorify Him, so He would be able to glorify God. In other words, Jesus needed to be glorified by the death of the cross and subsequently His resurrection. When you combine verse 2 with verse 1, you see that giving eternal life is directly dependent on the glorification of the Son.
In verse 9, Jesus was making His prayer to God, that He was not praying for the world, but that He was praying for those that God have given Him. Every believer is saved today because God gave that believer to Jesus. This is why the Holy Spirit led Paul to say in Ephesians 1:3-5, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ. According as he has chosen us in Him, before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love. Having predestined us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will.”
While He was praying this prayer, Jesus often said those that God had given to Him were taken out of the world and therefore they are no longer part of the world. They are in the world but not of it. As a result, all believers should be one as God and Jesus are one. This prayer was authenticated when Paul said in Philippians 3:20 that our, (believers) citizenship is in heaven. He also said in another passage that we have been made to sit in heavenly places. The point here is that so many of us are trying to get to heaven,, when in fact, we are, by faith, already there.
In verse 17 of John chapter 17, Jesus asked God to sanctify all believers through the truth of God’s word. In that context, the word sanctify means to set them apart. We as believers are set apart from the world by hearing and knowing the truth of God’s word. Perhaps the main reason why the Body of Christ is so divided is because of a lack of truth being taught in our churches. We must be able to discern between God’s Word, and the truth of God’s Word. That discernment comes by studying the Word for yourself and only allowing the Holy Spirit to teach you.
Jesus ended his prayer by asking God that those whom He had given Him, be where He is. That is why Jesus told his disciples that I go to prepare a place for you. When Jesus prayed this prayer, verse 20 lets us know that He was praying for you when He said, “Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word.”
There are many other important enlightened truths in Jesus prayer that contradicts what we often hear in church. I suggest you take some quiet time and read the entire chapter for yourself and if the Holy Spirit is with you, your eyes will be opened like never before!!!
Gilbert Owens is a native of Roseboro and a columnist for The Sampson Independent.