Interpretation of the Holy Bible - St. Matthew : Chapter 6 - lesson 34
- Matthew 6: 8 "for your Father knows what you need before you ask
him". If this is the case why pray at all?
1. Though the meaning of the word `pray' is to beg for
something, it is more than that.
a. It is communion with God
b. It is a praising of God
c. It is thanks giving to God
d. It is for dependence to God
These doctrines can be seen in the prayer, our Lord taught the
2. It is the same Lord who said "Father knows everything " is
the One who taught us to pray.
3. God likes to get certain response from every individual. God
asked Adam (after Adam eating the fruit) "Where are you?"(Gen 3:9)
and Cain "Where is your brother Abel" (Gen 4:9). This is not because
God do not know the answers, but God wanted the answer from them.
V 9-14 Lords prayer
This prayer can be seen in Luke 1:1-4 with a small difference. "For
thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen"
is not in Luke's version. The scholarly opinion is that St. Matthew
added this prayer to the teaching about prayer at Sermon - which
Lord taught in some other time.
Here our Lord teaches the `how ' to pray. They are
1. Dependence on God
2. Praising God
3. Submit God's likes
4. Prayer for human's bodily needs
5. Prayer for our spiritual needs
6. Praise the Lord
The Holy Church gave foremost importance to Lord's prayer. All other
prayers are modeled in light of this prayer.
The Jews prayed 18 special prayers and also a prayer authored by
their Rabbi daily. Apostles prayed with Lord's Prayer, which our
Lord taught them. The doctrine of 12 apostles (Did -ache) commands
that each Christian should at least pray this prayer 3 times a day.
Mar Yacoob (b AD 451) (James of Sarugh) describes the importance of
` Grand the Prayer given to us by the Price of God
Blessed is the one who meditate it in his memory
Sanctify, and complete is the beauty of it
And one who pray this daily in faith will get all surely. "
[ About Mar Yacob : "This is the ' Sroogile Mor Yacoob' whose
poetic writings are widely used in our liturgy. He is a very well
known figure in the Syriac literature. His 400 memre and 43 letters
survice. He died in 521. Read scattered pearls by H.H. Aphreim 1
pp.555-561.He is titled Malfono" by Moolayil achan
We pray that,
since God is our Father, His name should be Hallowed and
since God is our King, His kingdom should come and
Since God is our Lord, we pray that His "will be done on
Along with this prayer we should come close to God with love just
like we come to our father( with that intimacy and love) . We should
also have a passion for and work for His kingdom to come. We
should be ruled by the thought that we and others should allow His
will ( glory and agenda ) be on all of us. His name, kingdom and
will should have the top priority in our lives.
We pray as His sons, devotee, citizens [of His kingdom],
dependants , sinners and feeble.
Unless we consider ourselves as the sons of God, it is meaningless
to use this prayer. We pray "Your will be done on earth" and if
this should happen, then our `will' [desire] should be submitted to
This prayer deals with future, present and past. "Deliver us from
the evil one" is about future, while "Give us this day our daily
bread" is about present and "forgive us our debts" is about past.
How noble is this!
Each verse in this prayer should be a self-introspection for us.
Since God is my Father and I am His son, are we living in
sinless? "Every one that is born of God, doth not practise sin;
because his seed is in him, and he cannot sin, because he is born of
God " (1 John 3:9). Do I have the fatherly love of the son to God?
What did I do for a) glorifying the name of God, b) for His kingdom
come? c) For His Will is done on earth. I have lots of worldly
growth and lots of my needs are satisfied. Do I pride about this in
vain or do I regard it all as a blessing of God? Do I have a
forgiving mind to my adversaries? Do I give up the situations that
could lead to temptations? Do I wish to win the temptations with the
help of God?
The presence of heavenly Father is the foremost sign of heaven.
This prayer reminds us to raise our hearts to heavenly God and move
close to that Heavenly presence with devoutness. The way Abraham,
Moses, Ezekiel, and John did in God's presence should be a mode for
us (Gen 17:3; Exodus 3:6; Ezekiel 1; 28; Rev 1: 17).
["Abram fell facedown"; "Moses hid his face, because he was afraid
to look at God"; "When I [Ezekiel] saw it, I fell facedown, and I
heard the voice of one speaking"; "When I [John] saw him, I fell at
his feet as though dead"]
Along with that, we should have a repenting mind about our sins too.
(Isaiah 6:1-5- His place is Holy; therefore we need to be sanctified
too. Also refer Psalms 15; 24:3,4; Hebrews 12:14, Matthew 5:8)
["Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy;
without holiness no one will see the Lord" (Heb 12:14);]
Scripture about Fathers place (Heven) ;
1. "Now I am going to him who sent me" (John 16:5)
2. It is Fathers place
3. Stephen saw "Behold, I see the heavens opened up and the Son
of Man standing at the right hand of God". (Acts 7:2). We have
4. We have a "advocate ( Para-cca-leetha ) " In heaven.(1
John 2:1 ) " Christ is seated at the right hand of God" (Col 3:1);
our heart and treasure should be in heaven (Mat 6; 19:21)
5. Heaven in eternal (2 Cori 5; 1; Matthew 25:46; John 10:28 ;1
pet 1:4; 2 Pet 1:11; Rev 22:5; Psalm 23:6)
6. The heaven has a throne (acts 7:49) and "the LORD is on his
7. God answers from the Heaven (Nehemiah 9:27; Psalms 20:6)
8. He passes out Judgments from heaven. (Genesis 19:24; Romans
9. The names of saints are written in heaven (Luke 10:20;
Hebrews 12; 24)
10. They will be rewarded in heaven (Matthew 5:12, 1 Peter 1:45)
11. The other names used are
a. store house (Matthew 3:12;;13;30),
b. "It is the kingdom of the Christ and God" (Eph 5:5; 1 Tess
2:12 ; Heb 12:28;Luke 22:29; Luke 12: 32; Mat 13:43),
c. Father's house (John 14:2; John 14:2; Psalm 23:6; 2 Cori
5:1 ; Rev 23)
d. Mount Zion ( Rev 14:3; Heb 12;22 ;
e. Hill of the Lord ( Psalm 24:3)
f. Heavenly city ( Heb 11:10; 14,16; 12;22)
Even if a person is praying alone, he is not alone. All who accept
the Fatherhood of God are brothers themselves. Therefore we are all
related not only to the God, but also to all human beings. Our Lord
has emphasized in His teachings about not only of brotherly love but
also love of the enemy too. (Mat 5:23, 24, 44, 46). Before one
should pray one should avoid selfishness and pray for others too.
"Our Father "
In OT God is described in some places as Father of Israelites(Hosea
11:1; Isaiah 64:8 etc) . But in most places God is describes as Holy
God and Lord of the Hosts ( Isaiah 44:6-8 etc ) . But in Exodus
34:6-7, God is shown as merciful and forgiver of sins. But it is
Christ who showed Fatherhood of God and His character too. " One who
has seen me has seen the Father"( John 14:9)
Since God is the Father, the brotherhood is universal. That is not
confined by race, country or even date. This is what our Lord
showed through the parable of Good Samaritan.
Since God is Father, we can approach Him always and loves us and
forgives us and always considerate to us ( Matthew 10:30)
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