A question a lot of Christians ask is, “Does God want us to suffer?” or, “Does God want me to go through this?” The test can be anything, whether a disease, a financial storm, a relationship trial, anything that pins us against the wall or brings about suffering. The question is, “Is it God’s will that I suffer?” I want to attempt to answer this today.
Right, we’re back with the Lord’s prayer. So far we’ve gone through “Out Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.” Next up is, “Give us this day, our daily bread.” Before I go on, lets look at today’s culture. We’re all striving to have wealth. We’re striving for riches, yet Jesus said to pray for our daily bread? Let me explain.
Rarely does an album move me to tears. This is one of those albums. The final album from Cool Hand Luke, Of Man, recounts the last days of Jesus Christ, often times in stunning detail. It’s told from a different perspective on each song, from Jesus Himself, the Disciples, Mary, and the Guards. From that fact alone, this is an album unlike any other.
In the previous post on the Lord’s Prayer series, I talked about letting go of our own kingdoms, our goals, our visions, and letting Christ’s kingdom enter our hearts, and spread out to those around us. Today I’m going to look at the part of the prayer that says, “Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.”
What do you do when people don’t want God? That’s a question a lot can’t answer, and it’s certainly been on my mind these last few days. Last night I was reading an article about a Satanic cult movement that’s been growing in popularity, and a lot of priests are outraged. It’s a conference that includes reverse-exorcisms and a ritual that exorcises the Holy Spirit from the person to allow a devil to control. It sounds like the plot to a horror story, yet it’s happening right now.
Alright, post four in the Lord’s Prayer series. So far we’ve gone through, “Our Father, who art in Heaven, Hallowed by thy name,” Now we’re going to look at, “thy Kingdom come.” What do you imagine when you hear this prayer? I want to talk about that today.
There’s one thing that’s been on my mind lately, and that’s myself. Yes, the good old Lucas you love so much isn’t so perfect after all 🙂 A conversation I had with a friend of mine really awakened my own realization of who I was, and what I was doing in my own life, and that’s failing.
Let me tell you a story. I was browsing the free music website Noisetrade when I saw one of the top album downloads. It was Hearts on Fire by a band named the Dirty Guv’nahs. Obviously, I didn’t think much of it, and with the fact that they weren’t Christian, shrugged them off. I mostly browse through the Christian category on Noisetrade, and other than the front page, don’t really know what else comes out. Well, there was nothing new in the Christian aisle, so out of boredom, I decided to give Hearts on Fire a listen, since it was only going to be free for two weeks. The first song was Where I stand, so I clicked play and sat back to listen. After three minutes, I was completely blown away, and I don’t take that lightly.
So we began the prayer with “Our Father.” It’s a community of believers, whom God has called into fellowship with Him. After that Jesus then goes on to say, “Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed by thy name.” Jesus begins by bringing us together, then He responds in a magnificent declaration of praise. What I want to focus on today is the way Christ describes the Father.
The Lord’s prayer is one of the many passages in the Bible most everyone knows, along with Psalm 23 and John 3:16. With this series, I’m going to jump right into it and dig for some of the treasures that can be found. Some of you may never have thought of some of these things while citing it. Some of you may not even know what most of it means. I’m going to try to explain it, for you, and for myself.