The Lord's Prayer Dispensationally Considered
by Pastor Paul M. Sadler
“But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for
they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye
therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have
need of, before ye ask Him.”
– Matthew 6:7,8
Religious leaders love to have their people recite the Lord’s Prayer.
It’s been the religious thing to do for centuries. The Lord’s Prayer is
one of the most beautiful, meaningful, and touching prayers in the
Prophetic Scriptures, but those who recite it today are committing two
major blunders. First, the Lord warned the disciples that they were not
to pray this prayer, or any prayer for that matter, repetitiously
(Matt. 6:5-7). Prayer is not a religious exercise, but rather
communication with God; therefore, it should always be spoken from the
heart. Second, the Disciples Prayer, which is the correct connotation
for this prayer, was given as a model for those who would be called
upon to endure the Tribulation. Since the Body of Christ is delivered
from the wrath to come, this prayer does not apply to us in this
dispensation (IThes. 5:9).
The Disciples’ Prayer
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy name. The reference
here to “our Father” is to the God and Father of Israel — the God of
Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. In prophecy, heaven was His throne and earth
His footstool. His name was so holy that the Jews feared they might
inadvertently speak it in vain, consequently they changed it from
Yahweh to Adonai — Master, Ruler (Deut. 5:11; Isa. 66:1; Matt. 15:31;
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. The
hope of every Israelite was the establishment of the Davidic Kingdom.
God’s will for the earth is to overthrow the kingdoms of this world and
establish the millennial kingdom of His dear Son(II Sam. 7:8-17; Luke
1:68-72; Rev. 11:15; 20:6).
Give us this day our daily bread. In the future Tribulation, God
will set a table in the wilderness for His people, as He did in time
past. The saints in that day will find it necessary to pray for their
daily provision of food, since they will be unable to buy or sell
without the Mark of the Beast. Subsequently, God will super naturally
nourish the chosen nation (Rev. 12:14 cf. Rev. 13:13-18).
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. Today we are to
forgive others, even as God for Christs sake has forgiven us, but under
the kingdom gospel, forgiveness was based upon a like-spirit (Matt.
18:21-35 cf. Eph. 4:32).
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil[Gr. noun:
evil one]. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for
ever. Amen. The sense here is, “Lord lead us not into the Great
Tribulation, but deliver us from Satan, who brings death and
destruction in his wake” (Rev. 6:7-11; 12:12; 13:1-10).
O Lord, my Redeemer, thank You for using Your law as a tutor to lead me
to Jesus Christ. Your law was so correct regarding my desperate need of
a Savior. Now I rejoice that I am no longer under that tutor. What a
delight to relate to You by faith and not by performance. What a
precious blessing to humbly hope in the Lord Jesus for righteousness
and love and growth. How wonderful to look to a gracious, loving
Person, the Lord Jesus, instead of to a perfect unyielding standard,
the law. Lord Jesus, please complete in me the good work of Your grace
that began when I first believed in You. In Your name, and for Your
glory, I pray, Amen.
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