Ed Elliott
Aug 10 · 5 min read

Many people today recite what is commonly known as the Lord’s Prayer not knowing or understanding that it is a prayer that has already been answered by God.

“And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples. And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. Give us day by day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.” Luke 11:1 — 4, KJV

The first thing Jesus did when His disciples asked Him to teach them to pray was to teach them that God was their Father. God was no longer some deity that couldn’t be reached or was disconnected from His creation. Jesus taught that prayer was about a relationship and not a religious exercise to appease God. Prayer was an expression from one who was in a safe and secure relationship with their father.

Today, that is a reality for every person who has placed their trust in Jesus. God is now their Father because they are born again by His Spirit. They have His nature; His spiritual DNA.

“Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him.” 1 John 5:1

Next, Jesus taught them to pray that God’s kingdom would come. Today, as believers, we live and exist in God’s kingdom because of what was accomplished on the cross. Paul tells us that God’s kingdom is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. So, we can easily see that we don’t have to ask God to send His kingdom because it is here. The Kingdom today is received by faith not something you must wait for.

“For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.” Romans 14:17

Jesus also taught them to pray “thy will be done.” Because we as believers live in God’s kingdom, we are equipped to know God’s will and live in it as He desires us to. Knowing the will of God is no longer a mystery. It is simply all about trusting in the love He has for us which enables us to love ourselves and love others.

“Do everything in love.” 1 Corinthians 16:14

The cross is where God forgave all of mankind of their sins. So, asking God to forgive you is no longer an issue like it was under the Old Covenant. Today, we rest in the truth we are and have been eternally forgiven.

“…to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.” Acts 26:18, KJV

Because we have been forgiven, we are now equipped to forgive as we have been forgiven. So, “forgiving our debtors” is easy because we forgive as Christ has forgiven us.

“And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:32

“Lead us not into temptation,” is fulfilled in the fact that the Holy Spirit leads us daily as children of God.

“But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.” John 16:13

Finally, “deliver us from evil.” happens when we believe the gospel and the truth sets us free. We are no longer slaves to sin but now servants to righteousness.

“Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.” Romans 6:18

You can see the Lord’s Prayer has been answered by God and today we are the beneficiaries of those answered prayers. We can know God intimately as a Father and exist in His kingdom, having been made righteous and at peace with God which provides us joy unspeakable and spiritual strength. We rest in His forgiveness for us that was secured on the cross and we are able to forgive others because we are forgiven. Because we have been delivered from evil, we can know and exist in all of God’s goodness to and for us.

As a result of the Lord’s Prayer being answered, I can pray differently today. I can still call God my Father but now thank Him for granting me access to His Kingdom because I live in His Son and His Son lives in me. I can praise Him for making me as righteous as Jesus is and rejoice in knowing His peace in my heart as well as have my heart overflowing with joy. I am empowered to forgive because I have been forgiven. I can also rejoice exceedingly because sin no longer has me as its slave.

Today, I serve righteousness. I am free because the truth, Jesus, has set me free!

The New Covenant is in part an answer to the prayer Jesus prayed and taught His disciples to pray but that prayer also prepared the hearts of the disciples to receive and expect the answer to their prayer. Why? The disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray because they saw that He got results when He prayed. Unlike the Pharisees who begged, pleaded and cried out to God when they prayed but saw no results.

To still pray the Lord’s Prayer today is to deny the fact that God heard their prayer 2000 years ago and has already answered that prayer. The cross is the proof that prayer has been answered.

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