For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received the spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!” Romans 8:15.
Today your LORD (יהוה) God (אלהים) says:
My Son gave you a perfect prayer pattern for heavenly living on earth. Most believers are familiar with this prayer but few have plunged into its depths. Instead, most merely skim the surface and thus have not joined the Heavenly flow and dominion it offers. It was meant more as a launching pad then the finish line.
And that is today’s Life Lesson about Heaven and living days of Heaven on earth, “The Perfect Prayer for Heavenly Living on Earth.” And this is the prayer known most commonly by its first two words, “Our Father.”
This is a prayer addressed to Me for believers, for only you who have received My Son and confessed Him as Lord can call Me “Father, Abba.”
“For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received the spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.” Romans 8:15-17.
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. John 1:12-13.
Jesus is the High Priest of your confession. I watch over My Word to perform it and you do not return it to Me void, it achieves the purpose for which I sent it. As you declare it and speak it My Son brings it to Me and I perform it in your life. And this prayer, you pray with Him before My throne of grace and that is why it begins “Our Father who art in Heaven.”
Jesus, on the morning I raised Him from the dead told the awestruck Mary Magdalene, “Stop clinging to Me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I ascend to My Father and your Father, and My God and your God.’” John 20:17.
He is the first born of many brethren in the power of the resurrection. In Him you were made a new creation and your spirits were born again from above by the incorruptible seed of My Word and you are welcome before Me. You have access now by the Holy Spirit that Jesus poured upon you to come with Him right to My throne of grace to receive mercy and find grace at your time of need.
“Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:14-16.
This prayer begins with you in Heaven with Me at the very throne of grace through, with and in Jesus as your way to Me. “In that day you will ask in My name, and I do not say to you that I will request of the Father on your behalf; for the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me and have believed that I came forth from the Father. I came forth from the Father and have come into the world; I am leaving the world again and going to the Father.” John 16:26-28.
Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” John 14:6.
With all your sins gone as if they had never been you can come before Me holy, blameless and beyond reproach, for I have made you righteous with My own righteousness in Christ, and I hear the prayers of the righteous. My blessings are on the head of the righteous. And My heavenly Kingdom is one of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.
“You have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels in festal gathering, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the Judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks better than the blood of Abel.” Hebrews 12:22-24.
This prayer opens with you in Heaven with Me, seated with and in your High Priest Jesus. This prayer opens in the intimacy of fellowship and family relationship. It also is a covenant relationship, which is a powerful bond that cannot be broken since you are in it in Christ with Me. And the “Our Father” extends to the entire family of believers in Heaven and on earth as One together in Me, your Father, and your Lord and Savior, your great High Priest and good Shepherd Jesus in the fellowship and partnership of the Holy Spirit dwelling in each of you, being built and joined together into a holy temple of My presence in Heaven and on earth.
“So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.” Ephesians 2:19-22.
“For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom the whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name.” Ephesians 3:14-17.
What a beautiful place to be. Like Peter, James and John, on the Holy Mountain of transfiguration with Me, Jesus, Moses and Elijah caught up in the cloud of My glory of the encounter with Heaven on the earth, you will never want to leave that place.
Then comes a very important part to bring the benefits of Heaven to your life upon the earth, “Hallowed be Your Name.” You are holding My Name up before Me in honor and reverence reminding Me of My promises to you contained therein. Which Name? The Names of the Covenant that contain My magnificent promises signed in My Memorial Name that are all “Yes” to you in Jesus by which you become partakers in My divine nature. You are holding up, the LORD your Healer, the LORD who sees ahead and provides, the LORD your righteousness, the LORD your Shepherd, the LORD your peace, the LORD your deliverer, the LORD your refuge, the Most High, the Almighty, the LORD your helper, the LORD your redeemer, the LORD your sanctifier, the LORD your everlasting rock, and there are more, but all are for you and as you call upon My Name, the Name you call is the grace you need at that moment and that promise will manifest, whatever it may be. These are dominion Names from Heaven that are made for you on earth.
For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him; for “Whoever will call on the Name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:12-13. And you call on the Name you need for saving you at the moment, whether it be from sickness, lack, hardships, family problems, or a host of other trials and tests of the world. “Many are the afflictions of the righteous one, but the LORD delivers him out of them ALL.” Psalm 34:19.
This too is a place for those who know Me, those who know My Name. I lift you on high, inaccessibly high, because you know My Name. Psalm 91:14. You are in the secret place of the Most High.
And the next line of the perfect prayer to bring the Heavenly flow to earth does just that: “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.” Here you are using your dominion authority in the earth realm to release My dominion, My Kingdom culture, into the earth. You are taking territory (homes, workplaces, cities, nations) under Kingdom rule and rescuing them from the realm of darkness in which they are headed to certain destruction. You are establishing assemblies of Zion on earth, by your words you are planting the dominion of Heaven on earth.
You are also praying for assimilation by yourself and others into the culture of Heaven as the dominant culture on earth so that My Will may be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Like-minded people who are thinking My thoughts, speaking My Words, and knowing My ways so that all will know Me from the least to the greatest.
In the flesh you were all born into the culture of the kingdom of darkness. Adam plunged the world into the darkness of sin and death and put you all in the extremes, the outer darkness, of the continuum of life, but My Son has brought you who were far away near and those who were near through the Old Covenant nearer, that is, if they have received Him as Messiah and Lord. Now you can walk as closely with Me as you desire to the point of being filled with all My fullness. I give the Spirit without measure to those who speak and keep My Words.
When you open your world to My Kingdom and My Will you move from the darkness of fear, anxiety, lust, greed, depression, immorality, weakness, captivity, and a host of other evils that enslave and oppress you to the inheritance of the saints in Light, to the beauty of My calling, and to the surpassing greatness of the power I pour into you who believe, that is, RESURRECTION POWER. You open your life to freedom and wide open spaces of prosperity. You open to the BLESSING. When darkness covered Egypt there was Light in the homes of My people. The world is in deep darkness even now but My glory has risen on you, release it into the earth.
This is calling out for mind renewal so assimilation to the will and plans of Heaven can be done upon the earth.
The next line brings Kingdom provision to the earth, “Give us this day our daily bread.” This speaks of both your physical and spiritual needs—all you need for life and godliness. My Word is seed for the sower and bread for the eater. You grow strong on My Word both spiritually and it flows out to your physical body as well. Healing is the children’s bread and it comes by My Word in you, being digested by meditation, hearing, reading, speaking and acting upon it. My Word is fresh each day and you must gather it up like the manna of old to give you the nourishment you need for that day in correction, direction, protection, and perfection. And when you seek My Kingdom first and My righteousness, all your physical needs are supplied to you, they are added to your account for the taking. I have already blessed you in Christ with every spiritual blessing in Heaven, you need only make your daily withdrawals. And I give you more than you need so that you can bless others as well. All sufficiency for you and an abundance for every good work and deed. But just as all bread, you need to sow to grow—and My Word gives seed to the sower and bread to the eater. I supply all your needs according to My riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Heavenly blessing to earth again.
And then we come to the part that is necessary for your prayers to be answered. “Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions.” Mark 11:25. So what is the next line of the prayer? “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.”
I have already forgiven all sins in Christ, He paid the ransom for all, 1 Timothy 2:6, but to receive that forgiveness with no hindrance you must forgive others as I have forgiven you. Why? That is a divine law that cannot be broken: “As you judge others so are you yourself judged.” My Son paid for all sins by His blood, for the life is in the blood and He had to give His eternal life according to the flesh for the one that Adam murdered in himself and for all mankind descended from him, for through Adam’s sin death descended to every man born of his corrupted seed, all you are all his biological descendants. So everyone’s sins are gone before Me but whether you receive that forgiveness by taking Him as Lord is your personal matter. However, He is the propitiation for all, so if His blood was not enough for you to forgive others, then the standard you are setting is that is blood is not enough, so I must apply that same standard to you. Think about that next time you will not forgive. Whether the other person accepts your forgiveness is up to them, but for your part keep that peace in your heart. Study the life of My servant Joseph, son of Jacob, and his forgiveness for his brothers and Potiphar’s wife and you will see what I am referring to.
What you give you will receive and more besides. Be quick to forgive and be lavish with it as I am. Always give what you would want to receive.
And the next lines are very important in keeping in the heavenly flow, for sin never can keep you in the heavenly flow as it opens the door to the devil and demonic activity in your life. And you cannot walk in the flow of Heaven at the same time you have opened yourself to the flow of Hell. You cannot serve two masters. “Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.” You do not even want to enter that way. Here you are praying for both protection and deliverance. And I promise you both in My covenant Names. I am your protector—your rock of refuge and your fortress, and your deliverer. Call Me under those Names as well. “Say to the LORD, ‘My refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust.” Psalm 91:2. And that is how you stay in the secret place of the most high. Safe from your enemies.
And this part of the prayer that brings Heaven to earth fulfills Jesus’ command to you, “Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Matthew 26:41. As well as keeping your feet from walking into the snare of the trapper as you traverse the path of your life. You are to resist the devil but when you can totally avoid his evil schemes it is better. Guard your hearts, keep careful watch on where you let your eyes rest, and put a curb on your mouth. Where words are many, sins are not wanting. If David had kept his eyes off resting upon things he knew better than to look upon he would have saved himself a tremendous amount of grief. The same is true for you.
I will fight for you but you have a certain part to play as well. It is the far easier part, but watching your words, both what you hear and what you say, your thoughts, and your actions takes diligent effort. Stay in peace.
And the prayer ends in worship, which should never end, keep up a melody to Me in your heart all day and all night. “For Yours is the Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory forever and ever. Amen.” And it has pleased Me to give you the Kingdom. It has pleased Me to give you My Son. It has pleased Me to give you My Spirit. It has pleased Me to forgive you, bless you, provide for you, and prosper you. It has pleased Me to give you eternal life, to dwell with Me forever. I desire, above all things, that you prosper and be in good health, even as your soul prospers by walking in the truth. And that is the flow of Heaven on earth. You can tap in today, it is a continuous stream of living water—livestreaming 24/7.
“And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words. So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him. Pray, then, in this way:
Our Father who is in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions. Matthew 6:7-15.