MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 2
Scripture: Luke 11:1-4
Luke 11:1-4 says, “Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.’ So He said to them, ‘When you pray, say: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. Give us day by day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins, For we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one.’” The Lord’s Prayer has emphatic judicial implications because of the imperative tense. “Your kingdom come” is a judicial declaration. ”On earth as it is in heaven” would terminate the rebellious. There is no rebellion in heaven, there is no resistance in heaven because all of that has been dealt with. Since the prince of this earth has already been judged commanding the Kingdom to come and commanding His will to be done is in effect releasing a measure of judicial authority. The Lord’s Prayer sounds differently when prayed judicially! When the heart of the Lord’s Prayer is established in us, we look like Isaiah 11:1-4, “There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jessie, And a branch shall grow out of His roots. The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, The Spirit of counsel and might, The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord. His delight is in the fear of the Lord, And He shall not judge by His eyes, Nor decide by the hearing of His ears; But with righteousness He shall judge the poor, And decide with equity for the meek of the earth; He shall strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, And with the breath of His lips He shall slay the wicked.” God said, “I am that I am.” We need to press in to intimately know the Great I Am as the One-of-a-Kind that He truly is and not just major in defining Him with the kindness-mercy qualities that many prefer to see as dominant in Him. I Am that I Am leaves no room for negotiation about sin. When I Am that I Am defines marriage, your determination to change the definition guarantees eternity in a very hot place! Who among us can dictate to the Great I Am!