Jesus Christ, The Messiah, Son of God, King of kings, Lord of lords. These are some of the names Christians use to refer to Jesus of Nazareth.
Jesus Of Nazareth was born about 2018 years ago in Bethlehem of Judaea. He lived and carried out His Ministry mostly in parts of Israel, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon. Christians believe that Jesus resides permanently in Heaven where God, His Father lives and that it was His Father who sent Him to come live briefly on earth, preach, and to finally be the sacrificial lamb for the repentance and remission of the sins of humankind. Jesus lived only thirty three years on earth. Christians believe that he has returned to Heaven. However, His Presence and Impact on earth is continuous and everlasting. The prayer He taught His followers, popuparly known as The Lord's Prayer is the focus of this presentation.
"After this manner therefore pray ye:
Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the Kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen." Matthew 6:9-13.
A prayer is a request. Usually, the request is to a being with the power and authority to grant the request. In the Lord's Prayer the requests are very vivid. So is the Being with the power and authority to grant the request. Also vivid in the Lord's Prayer is the protocol for making the request. In order words, the request must be made in reverence and acknowledgement of the power and authority of the Being to whom the prayer is sent.
The Lord's Prayer have been prayed by Billions of people since it was first taught by Jesus Christ. To what extent have the requests been granted?
Firstly, let us be clear on the requests of the Lord's Prayer: the coming of God's Kingdom and will in earth as it is in heaven (political space governed by a benevolent monarch); the provision of daily bread (plentifulness); the forgiveness of debts, deliverance from temptations and evil (peace). In essence the 3Ps. One does not have to be a deep thinker to know that none of these requests have been fully granted. Why? Perhaps the prayer is not being properly prayed; or perhaps the granting of the requests is work in progress. St Peter in 2 Peter 3:8, informed us that a day in God's time is like a thousand years in human time. So, it is reasonable to believe that the granting of the requests is work in progress. In that case, there will come a time when there will be daily bread for everyone, total freedom from temptations and evils, and the establishment of God's Kingdom and Will in earth as it is in heaven.