Before you continue please read PART ONE for a better understanding.
The coming of Jesus fulfilled that! Jesus lived among us but then through the Holy Spirit, Jesus lives inside of us! That is God’s will that was demanded for! In other words, the Lord’s Prayer as given before His death was communicated to people who never understood God! Does this mean it is wrong to pray the Lord’s Prayer? It may sound annoying but a new creature shouldn’t be praying that prayer anymore because it wasn’t given to him! Jesus gave this prayer to people who really had a wrong view of God! Jesus gave it to them to further expose their ignorance.
Can’t you see that Psalm 23 is entirely different? David was confessing from a place of knowledge and trust as he declared “I shall not want” which means “I have everything I need”. While the Lord’s Prayer is asking God to deliver us from all evil, David was declaring “even though I walk through the valleys of shadows of death, I shall fear no evil. For thou art with me” Can you see and feel absolute trust from David’s confession? David understood God’s grace so much! He saw Grace when he fought the beast and Goliath! He saw Grace when he was picked from the bush and anointed king of Israel just like that! No wonder, even though David was a terrible offender, he enjoyed extraordinary support from God! In fact, he didn’t suffer for his sins… Others suffered for him! Jesus was called THE SON OF DAVID! No wonder, He trusted God so much and that was why he would come up with those awesome words in Psalm 23!
Grace sponsors boldness to God’s throne!
Is it not clear that even though we can get some lessons from the Lord’s Prayer, it was not directed to us?
It is like telling God “well, these things have not been fulfilled… You have been lying to us!”
Now, if Jesus didn’t pray that prayer, then the new creature shouldn’t necessary be praying it word for words! Why? Because we have become like Jesus and we are entitled to what Jesus is entitled to! No matter how much you think you’re defending Jesus by arguing these things, you are simply saying that Jesus didn’t do a good job and therefore you aren’t actually defending Jesus but rubbishing His finished work with your mouth! No matter how long some wrong ignorance has lasted, it doesn’t validate it.
What can we now do with “The Lord’s Prayer”? Do we throw it into the waste bin? No! I think the guidelines there are still important! Those guidelines can still guide our confessions and give us insight into what Jesus did for us! Let us look at this prayer in the light of what Jesus did for us!
Our father, who art in heaven and in me through faith, hallowed be your name (2 Corinthians 3:5, John 10:30, 2 Corinthians 4:6-7, Galatians 2:20, Ephesians 3:17)
Thy Kingdom has come (Matthew 12:28, Luke 17:21)
Thy will is done as established in heaven (Luke 22:42, Isaiah 53:10)
We have this day, our daily needs (2 Peter 1:3, Ephesians 1:3)
Our trespasses are forgiven and forgotten (Hebrews 10:10, 1 John 2:2)
We will therefore forgive those who trespass against us because we have been empowered to do so (Luke 7:47, Colossians 3:13, Ephesians 4:32)
You lead us out of trouble and delivered us from all evil
(Galatians 13:3, Colossians 1:13, 2 Timothy 4:18)
For you’ve given us the kingdom, the power and glory because it belongs to you, forever and ever! (John 17:2, John 14:12, 1 Thessalonians 1:12)
In other words, the outline of Our Lord’s Prayer is still valid in showcasing to us what Jesus did and how glorious it is! The Lord’s Prayer also teaches us so many things such as addressing God as our father, praising Him, acknowledging His authority over our decisions and making our supplications freely to Him! We need to be honest in our approach to God and we need to understand that God is always listening to us! Depending on your level of faith in God, Our Lord’s Prayer is a great guide but never meant to be recited word for word! We pray in the Spirit and we pray in understanding!