Hey everyone! I am here today with another prayer breakdown. This time it is with one that is fundamental to our Catholic Faith, given to us by Jesus Himself; the Our Father! Here we go!
Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
These are two simple words that hold so much meaning. Our Father is God, the creator of the universe, everything that we can see and everything that we can’t. Creator of the air, sky, stars, sun, moon, planets, animals, everything. To say that He is our Father, is an honor to us because here this creator of the world is saying that He is our Father. Fathers take care of their children, they hold them when they cry, praise them when something is done right and scold them when the rules are broken. To think that this Almighty God has taken on this role is enough to help you know that He loves you; through good and bad He is our Father.
Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name
Heaven is what we are “aiming” for on earth, it is where our journey through life will take us – if we follow God’s word. Who art in Heaven is a way of saying who is in Heaven because that is where of course God is. Hallowed be thy name is a way of giving respect and giving Honor. So we are saying during this prayer to our Father who lives in Heaven, we must give Him honor and praise; complete adoration.
Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven
The Kingdom of God is where God dwells. When the end time comes, then the Kingdom of God will be with those who have been living their lives through teachings of Christ. We have to do God’s Will on earth, just as it is done in Heaven in order to fully live in the glory of Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread
Our daily bread is Jesus Christ. We have bread that sustains our physical body and we have bread that sustains the spiritual side of our body as well. Just as Jesus Himself said: “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst”. In essence, our Spiritual bread is much more important than physical bread. In order to be fully complete in life we have to completely give our lives to Christ. If we truly, 100%, gave our lives over to Jesus then we would be fine having just a small meal because our spiritual side is fulfilled. That is a hard place to get to but that is why we pray for God to give us our daily bread of His mercy, love and direction.
Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us
This is perhaps the second most difficult part of the prayer to put into “action”, aside from being sustained by our daily bread. We are asking God to forgive us our sins, just as we forgive those who sin against us. One of the most difficult things in this world is to truly forgive someone who was hurt you but it is one of the things that will bring us closer to God. When Jesus died on the Cross, He asked God to forgive those who did that to Him. That is a really huge deal because most of these people were not contrite for what they had done but that didn’t stop Jesus. When we forgive someone, we are not doing it because they feel bad for what they had done; instead we are doing it because we put God above ourselves. When someone hurts you, you go to Jesus and give Him your hurt. Then the next step is to say to yourself and to God that you forgive them and you continue to pray for them; for their heart to turn to Christ. If they seek you asking for forgiveness, give it to them. If they never speak to you again after what they did, forgive them. We are asking God to forgive us for the sins we committed, we have to truly give forgiveness as well.
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil
God will never test us as if we are taking an exam; He will give us situations that we are able to handle. I think sometimes people get a little confused at that, when people say “God doesn’t give you more than you can handle”. To a certain extent that is true but if you have God in a truly deep way then you can handle it. Some people blame God, curse Him and ask why bad things keep happening. I used to be one of those people! That is when we are completely failing God because we are not turning to Him completely. Yes, bad things happen and as long as we are on the journey God has for us they will continue to happen. Are we going to completely ignore that God is here with us and will guide us through the storms? Or are we going to look up to God and tell Him that I can do anything through You. Evil is all around us in this world, we have to fight the temptations, follow Gods word and keep ourselves free from sin by using the sacrament of confession. That is how God will deliver us from evil, we must be willing to let evil go though.