It was before your eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly exhibited as crucified.(Galatians 3:1 NRSV)
This verse is a challenge! Do we publicly exhibit Jesus Christ as crucified? Or do we try to get around and avoid the insult and scandal of the cross?
At the cross there is peace between men and God, and between men and men. At the cross is forgiveness of sin. At the cross the price for sin was paid.
Do we publicly declare and display that Jesus was crucified or do we hide away?
Lord Jesus, help me to declare you as crucified publicly and openly. So that others may see you for who you are and for what you have done. Amen!!!
We will now look at the second part of The Lord’s Prayer, the first half starting with ‘Our Father’ focused squarely on God, the second half focuses on our needs.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And do not bring us to the time of trial [us into temptation],
but rescue us from the evil one. (Matthew 6:11-13 NRSV [Marginal reading]).
We started by focusing on God and on his desires for this world, the world he created. Only now do we, his creatures, focus on our needs and wants.
But do you really pray like this? Let’s be honest do you really?
That is a challenge to all of us! It is not because our needs are of no importance to God that they come in the second half of The Lord’s Prayer, it is just that he knows that we need to keep them in perspective. If we do not then they take over, and we can see no further than our naval and would miss his Kingdom completely!
Yet even this part of the prayer still keeps its focus squarely on God if we view it correctly. Why? Because it is God who is provides for us, forgives us and enables us to forgive others. He alone who leads me from temptations, and protects me from all workings of the evil one.
Heavenly Father, help us to realise that the more we pray for your great Kingdom, the more we will see your care and provision in our own lives. Since when we do, we can see things from your heavenly perspective. In Jesus’ name, Amen.