Some call it "The LORD's Prayer", but it's really the prayer our LORD Jesus taught His people to pray at all times. "His people"? Who are "His people"? A sermon I recommend to you that will clearly answer this question is, "God's Electing Love" http://www.sermonaudio.com/...
from Pastor Don Fortner of Grace Baptist Church in Danville, KY.
I praise God that He has said, "...your Father knoweth what things ye have need of before ye ask Him." Matthew 6:8. And following that, He lovingly tells me, "After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven..." Here is the prayer our LORD has taught us to pray, set to a simple melody I have written for it. Believer, He KNOWS what ye have need of BEFORE you ask it!
Not sure what it means "to believe"? This is the Gospel: Before the world was formed, before time, in eternity past, in the council of the Triune God; the Father chose those souls that would be recipients of eternal life. He, in His Sovereign will, wisdom and power, chose a people He would love and commune with forever. These are called, "the Israel of God - Jacob's Chosen Race", in Scripture. No nationality on earth can claim this title. No group of people can take it to themselves by force, by works or by choice. The citizens of God's eternal "Jerusalem" are people chosen by God, a finite group of souls known only to the LORD Himself from every nation, tribe and tongue, drawn from every age as long as time shall be.
God the Son, the LORD Jesus Christ, agreed to cleanse each one of these God-hating rebels of their sin in His Own blood, for sin must be put away before any soul may approach unto God. Christ agreed to offer up Himself before God as the perfect Sacrifice, the perfect Substitute for sin, on behalf of each soul named by the Father. The Scripture declares that Christ is the Lamb slain before the foundations of the earth. His Word of promise in the Everlasting Covenant guaranteed that His atoning blood would cleanse each chosen sinner. None could ever be lost, for Christ is their Substitute.
The Holy Spirit agreed to make this great miracle known to each chosen one. Miraculously, graciously, abundantly, God the Spirit, by Covenant Agreement, comes to each rotten sinner through the hearing of the Word of God. He reveals sin to each one who has been set apart to receive the salvation of the living God. They know that they are sinners. They are humbled by the Spirit of Christ to know that they cannot save themselves. They know with a deep, deathly fear of sin that the wages of sin is death. They know that they are doomed to spend eternity in hell because of their sin. They look to Christ Jesus the LORD, knowing that He is their Righteousness. Christ is highly esteemed by all redeemed souls! He is everything to them, pardon, cleansing, mercy, strength, wisdom, providence. God is Faithful to guide them to see The LORD Jesus, to lead them through the strait gate, to sustain them through many trials and to bring them to heaven and to unending bliss with the God they loved on earth.
In eternity future, each one saved by grace alone, will praise the Lamb of God perfectly, without the hindrance of indwelling sin, without the enemies of Christ on every side. They will dwell forever in perfect peace with their God through the blood of the Everlasting Covenant.
Another sermon from Pastor Fortner, "WHO IS ON THE LORD's SIDE?" http://www.sermonaudio.com/...
And a bonus sermon from our friend Don Fortner, "The LORD's Prayer" http://www.sermonaudio.com/...