“For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen” Matthew 6:13c
We come to yet another passage that relates to our heart. Only this time, it is our heart behind good deeds. So, not only is Jesus focused on our hearts behind the sin, but also our hearts behind the acts of righteousness.
It is clear through Jesus’ words that there were many people in those days that walked around with a “holier than thou” attitude. Their prayers, generosity, and fasting were known by all. Chuck Smith explains that acts of righteousness can be categorized into 3 areas: generosity- our relation with others; prayer- our relation with God; and fasting- our relation with ourselves.
Pride is very unbecoming on someone. I know that I have been a victim of someone’s prideful spirituality. It actually thwarted me towards the grace and mercy of the Lord because I wanted nothing to do with the attitude and haughtiness that was pointed towards me.
That is why it is so important to take heed to Jesus’ directions here in these verses. Although I ran towards the Lord because I was brought up in a home filled with Jesus and grace, others may not have the same experience. Our pride can be the reason as to why some are completely turned off by Christianity.
I love the quote, “Love God and do whatever you want.” The basis of this quote is the overall teaching that Jesus is giving His disciples. In other words this quote is saying, “Place Jesus at the center of your life and then live it.”
Jesus is painting a picture to these disciples what it looks like to live a life that is centered around God rather than ourselves. The example of the prayer is exactly the outline of how our hearts should be positioned. Take a look.
Our Father in Heaven, Hallowed be thy name. – Praising the Lord for His position and His holiness.
Your kingdom come; Your will be done; On earth as it is in heaven– Submitting to the Lord’s will and for it to be done as He so desires, not how we desire.
Give us this day our daily bread– Asking in faith for God to supply our needs for the day.
Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors– Asking to be washed clean and then extend the same grace to those who hurt us.
And do not lead us into temptation but deliver us from the evil one– Asking for guidance and protection from the spiritual battle that is ever around us.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen– Recognizing that everything in Heaven and on earth belongs to the Lord. There is nothing that is too big or too small for Him. He deserves every ounce of glory we can give Him and more.
This prayer, though simple in words, is powerful in it’s meaning. It is our guide to placing Jesus where He belongs: at the center. We oftentimes over complicate prayers or overthink our every move. The best part about this entire passage is wrapped up in verse 8. “Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.” The Father knows everything and sees everything before we even utter a word or take the first step in our day.
So, with Jesus at the center of our lives, the motivation behind our acts of righteousness are now based on the work of the cross, not for our own glory. Humble yourself before the Lord and He will lift you up (1 Peter 5:6).