“Master teach us to pray,” begged Yahshua’s disciples [Luke 11:1]. Most of these men had learned to pray when attending the synagogue with their fathers. For them, prayer was a way of life, so what had they seen in Yahshua that prompted this cry? Something unique and different? Something more passionate or personal? We are not told, but we do know that Yahshua’s response came quickly and was amazing. Seamlessly, He put together a prayer-model that has been used by countless numbers of people throughout the centuries.
The more I study the prayer [see Matthew 6:9-13], binding its suggestions into my personal prayers, the more awed I feel at how intimate, far-reaching, and prophetic it is. I am fascinated that, almost 2,000 years ago, Yahshua was praying that His Father’s kingdom would come on the earth; a prayer which remains unanswered. But He is not discouraged. He has a vested interest in that coming kingdom. He knows it will bring the answer to all the problems in this world. He wants His disciples to continue to pray!
Yahshua’s ability to interpret the Torah to bring insight and understanding was remarkable. We see it in His opinion of which is the greatest commandment [Matthew 22:35-38], that pertinently adds an unexpected, second one, “Love your neighbour as yourself” [v39]. “The whole Law and the [writings of the] Prophets depend on these two commandments”, He said wisely [v20, Amplified Bible]. I caught sight of this remarkable ability recently when I read the laws Yahweh gave to Moses [Exodus 21-23]. Yahshua would have known that these were kingdom laws, reflecting a way of living beyond our capacity without help; was this the reason He began to pray ‘Thy kingdom come’? It’s a prayer that rose to my lips as I read these chapters, and one that often breathes, unbidden, as I watch the news, or otherwise contact the pain of humanity.
When Yahweh’s Kingdom comes to earth, and His will is being done here, the Law of Yahweh will be circulated from Mount Zion in Israel and His Word disseminated worldwide from Jerusalem. It will be a time of peace, prosperity, and sanity, with no-one to make us afraid!