Why did Jesus tell us to pray, "Let your name be sanctified. Let your Kingdom come. Let your will take place, as in heaven, also on earth"?


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Didge Doo Profile
Didge Doo answered

What might be a better question is, Why, when Jesus said to pray "not in vain repetitions as the Heathen do" have two millennia of Christians vainly repeated the words attributed to him, and which we call "The Lord's Prayer".

Just supposing for a moment that Jesus actually lived, and supposing even more that he was, as is claimed, a manifestation of God, isn't it more likely that he was really saying, "When you pray, don't turn your prayers into a mantra. Don't turn them into a wish list, either. Here's a model you can use but for Christ's sake don't just repeat it over and over without meaning."

AnnNettie Paradise Profile

“Let your name be sanctified.”

From the beginning of human history, God’s sacred name has been smeared with lies. Jesus prayer is that people will know God by his name and to sanctify, or honor, that name. (Psalms 83:18)

“Let your kingdom come.”

We should pray for God’s Kingdom to come because it is the government that God will use to accomplish his will in heaven and on earth. God’s Kingdom will put an end to war, sickness, famine—even death itself. (Psalm 46:9; 72:12-16; Isaiah 25:8; 33:24) When you pray for God’s Kingdom to come, you are praying for all those promises to come true.

“Let your will take place, as in heaven, also on earth.”

Jesus’ words suggest that God’s will is just as certain to take place on earth as it is in heaven, where God dwells. The Kingdom is the means by which God’s purpose for the earth is carried out. To accomplish that, the Kingdom will effect dramatic changes on this earth.

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AnnNettie Paradise
That is true, since our prayers to God reveal our motives, interests, and desires. He knows whether we really desire what we pray for or we are merely repeating a set of words. “When praying,” said Jesus, “do not say the same things over and over again, just as the people of the nations do, for they [wrongly] imagine they will get a hearing for their use of many words.” (Matt. 6:7)
Ray Dart
Ray Dart commented
So we should never use the "lords prayer"?
AnnNettie Paradise
No. It is very important to pray for God's Kingdom. It is the only Kingdom that will bring about true peace and security. We may also pray for daily sustenance, to be forgiven for our sins, and to resist temptation. (Matthew 6:5-13)

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