Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | November 7, 2015

November 7, 2015 “The Verdict”

“Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done,On earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6: 9-10)

Good Morning My Dear Friends!

Have you ever been challenged by someone regarding your faith? Perhaps you have been challenged with the notion that there is no cogent “proof” for the existence of God. Actually, evidence for God’s existence abounds in changed lives, the genius of creation, the feeling of self-worth most people experience, answered prayer, and written testimony. But even these myriad examples still depend on the element of faith and the movement of the Holy Spirit in one’s life. “Proving” God’s existence to a skeptic or a non-believer can be a daunting, frustrating task. If they are open-minded, they may be persuaded to at least logically acknowledge the possibility of God’s existence, and that, at least, is a beginning point.

I would like to share another direction such a discussion might go, which is to reference the Lord’s Prayer itself. I came across this provocative quote from an unknown author regarding this suggestion.

“I desire no other evidence of the truth of Christianity than the Lord’s Prayer.”

Pondering this, I am inclined to agree. If one were to render a verdict regarding the Lord’s Prayer, what would that verdict be?  The word “verdict” is from Latin, and literally means “to speak the truth.” As you consider the elements of the Lord’s Prayer, it becomes evident that this could not likely be a work of fiction. Its content and structure are elegant and comprehensive as it relates to establishing a right relationship with God. God is first identified as “father” or “Abba”, suggesting love and intimacy with His creation. “Deities” of most religions are not regarded in such fashion. “Hallowed be thy name”. The very Name of God is one which inspires awesome worship. “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Again, Jesus teaches us of God’s desire for fellowship with his creation. He desires the best for us.  To me, these things, along with the rest of the prayer bear evidence to the heart of Christianity…the all-encompassing and unsurpassed love of God for us. I do not believe that any human person, apart from Christ,  would have possessed the ability to construct such an awesome prayer with its depth of theological implications. You desire proof of God’s existence? You need look no further than the Lord’s Prayer! Let’s pray!

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 debts,  As we also have forgiven our debtors; And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen!



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