When was the last time you heard someone, yourself perhaps, end a prayer with the words “we pray these things in the name of Jesus”?
Does anyone out there recognize that there is a difference between supplication and invocation?
Does anyone really care? Does anyone think it makes any real difference? Didn’t Jesus Himself tell us that if we pray anything in his name He would hear? So isn’t ending a supplication, that is concluding a list of things we would like to have or have happen, with “in the Name of Jesus” doing as He commanded? NO! I submit that it is NOT! And I can tell you exactly why if you have the guts to continue and a mind that truly wants to honor God and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Well you haven’t clicked the close and delete buttons yet so lets to to step one.
What is and invocation? To invoke, is to call upon the power of another to do what you want done. The dictionary has it – to call or petition for: to invoke a blessing. And that is what we are doing when we pray is it not? Yeah, pretty much. I have to admit it, me too!
But is that the example Jesus set when he taught the disciples to pray? He tole them to pray thus:
Our Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name.
Yes, God the Father is in heaven and we know that but what does hallowed be Thy Name mean?
Hallowed – to look upon as holy – revere. Question: Does God want us to revere the word by which he is known? Or does He want us to revere all that He STANDS FOR? I mean word have meanings. Definitions. The NAME of God is DEFINED by WHO HE IS! Who He IS! Jehova, the word, the NAME OF GOD, encapsulates ALL that He stands for, His character, His Power, His Glory, His Grace, His Justice, His Mercy.
My generation was probably about the last that generally was told to straighten up and fly right because our name meant something. My name, your name, is the word that encapsulates WHO YOU ARE, your character, your reputation, your grace, your mercy.
Anyway, Hallowed be Thy Name, then, means that we are to regard God AS GOD in ALL that stands for.
Thy Kingdom come Thy Will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.
Thy Kingdom come is the petition that begs His will to be done here, in my life just as it is done before His very throne. I pray for His Kingdom to be exhibited through me. I pray for His Grace to pass on to someone. I pray for His mercy to pass on to someone. I pray to be a good neighbor in the sense of the Good Samaritan.
Give us this day our daily bread
Pray for the Providence of God for THIS day and let tomorrow be taken on tomorrow. Pray that the needs of myself and those around me be met according to His Will and Not my own. And the ability to ACCEPT His Providence for me and mine, friends and enemies because His Plan INCLUDES THEM!
And forgive us our trespasses AS we forgive those who trespass against us
Recognize that God HAS forgiven me and it is my Duty and Privilege to forgive with as much grace as He demonstrated. We are put here to live and shine and demonstrate God to a lost and dying world. We carry God’s image. The word image in Genesis means “vain show”. He created us to grow in grace and holiness.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:
Recognize the Power of God to harden the heart as He did with Pharoah, beg Him to keep me and mine from yielding to the lusts of the flesh—all of them—and make of me one who even though I am IN the world I would be not OF the world. Please build a hedge about us to keep the evil that surrounds us out and bend the hearts within us to His Will.
For Thine is the Kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever
Recognize His Eternal power and His Eternal glory and His ABSOLUTE RIGHT to do with us AS HE WILL, WHEN HE WILL, from before we were conceived in the womb He KNEW us. He knew His purpose FOR us. And our prayer should be to fulfill that purpose to the best of our ability in the strength and power He provides.
AMEN. Let it be so.
The difference between invocation and prayer is not subtle. Janis Joplin wrote a song: Oh Lord Won’t Ya Buy Me a Mercedes Benz. Look it up and compare it to Christ at Gethsemane. Now compare your model prayer to both. Is yours true prayer or does it fall into the Joplin model. Be Honest, now! God Knows Your Heart!