Saturday, September 5, 2015

Praying "Our Father"

A few reflections on the Lord’s Prayer.



אָבִינוּ שֶׁבַּשָׁמַיִם יִתְקַדֵשׁ שִׁמךָ:
תָּבא מַלְכוּתֶךָ יֵעָשֶׂה רְצוֹנְךָ בָּאָרֶץ כַּאֲשֶר נַעֲשָׂה בַשָמַיִם:
תֶן לָנוּ הַיּוֹם לֶחֶם חֻקֵּנוּ:
וּסְלַח לָנוּ אֶת אַשְׁמָתֵנוּ כַּאֲשֶׁר סלְחִים אַנַחְנוּ לַאֲשֶׁר אָשְׁמוּ לָנוּ:
וְאַל-תְּבִיאֵנוּ לִידֵי מַסָּה כִי אִם-הַצִילֵנוּ מִן-הָרָע:
כִּי לְךָ הַמַּמְלָכָה וְהַגְּבוּרָה וְהַתִפְאֶרֶת לְעוֹלְמֵי עוֹלָמִים אָמֵן:

Pronouncing Hebrew

Avinu shebashamayim, yitkadash shemekha.
Tavo malkhutekha ye’aseh r’tsonekha
ba’arets ka’asher na’asah vashamayim.
Ten-lanu haiyom lechem chukeinu.
u’selach-lanu et-ashmateinu
ka’asher solechim anachnu la’asher ashmulanu.
Ve’al-tevieinu lidei massah,
ki im-hatsileinu min-hara.
Ke lakha, hamamlakha, vehageverah, veha tiferet l’olemei ‘olamim.
Amein.

Hebrew / Transliteration / Translation

אָבִינוּ שֶׁבַּשָׁמַיִם יִתְקַדֵשׁ שִׁמךָ:
Avinu shebashamayim, yitkadash shemekha.
Our father in heaven hallowed be thy name

תָּבא מַלְכוּתֶךָ יֵעָשֶׂה רְצוֹנְךָ בָּאָרֶץ כַּאֲשֶר נַעֲשָׂה בַשָמַיִם:
Tavo malkhutekha, ye’aseh r’tsonekha ba’arets ka’asher na’asah vashamayim.
Let Thy kingdom come, let be done thy will as on earth (so as) in heaven

תֶן לָנוּ הַיּוֹם לֶחֶם חֻקֵּנוּ:
Ten-lanu haiyom lechem chukeinu.
Give us this day our daily bread.

וּסְלַח לָנוּ אֶת אַשְׁמָתֵנוּ כַּאֲשֶׁר סלְחִים אַנַחְנוּ לַאֲשֶׁר אָשְׁמוּ לָנוּ:
u’selach-lanu et-ashmateinu ka’asher solechim anachnu la’asher ashmulanu.
And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.

וְאַל-תְּבִיאֵנוּ לִידֵי מַסָּה כִי אִם-הַצִילֵנוּ מִן-הָרָע:
Ve’al-tevieinu lidei massah, ki im-hatsileinu min-hara.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

כִּי לְךָ הַמַּמְלָכָה וְהַגְּבוּרָה וְהַתִפְאֶרֶת לְעוֹלְמֵי עוֹלָמִים אָמֵן:
Ke lakha, hamamlakha, vehageverah, veha tiferet l’olemei ‘olamim.
For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.

Amein.
Amen.

Credit to the following website for the Hebrew part of the prayer.

“Our Father” is often referred to as our Lord’s Prayer and also as the disciples’ prayer.
Yeshua gave it to us as the prayer by excellence. He pointed out that we don’t know how to pray properly.

Yeshua is our intercessor, the very person who gives us access to the Father. Thanks to Yeshua, our Messiah, we are allowed to call Him Abba, Father.

Some people do not necessarily find it easy to address our Father, often because of conflictual, familial situations of our past. The father figure that displays in front of us as dictatorial, authoritarian or harmful, depending on the relationship we’ve had with our earthly father.
But we should envision that our Father in Heaven is perfect and pure love. He loved us so much that He sacrificed Yeshua for our Salvation. Our Father in Heaven cherishes us and He wants us to sit on His lap like little children. To be close to Him, you must be child-like.

Think of His love and let His light shine upon you.

-in Heaven: there are so many naïve depictions of Heaven, but one must see Heaven as a dimension of perfect love, light and purity.

First of all, we must think of sanctifying His Name of glory, because He is the Source of all blessings.

Then we should pray for His Kingdom to be established. The Kingdom of Heaven on earth is characterized by love and healing. Each time we are saying this sentence consciously, we are announcing and speeding up Yeshua’s return.


Your will be done on earth as in heaven: why should we want Our Father’s will to be accomplished?
We should, simply because it is good and perfect, even when we are unable to envision it. We should always ask to be our Creator’s instrument.
Let us call for His justice to be done in heaven and on earth.

Now that we have requested the most important, we can ask for our Creator to provide for us. One Hebrew version I know says: “give us today our portion of bread". It is very important to have in mind that our worries should never exceed the present day: we will be provided with the right portion for today. Tomorrow will take care of itself.

Forgiveness is a point many people stumble upon. But forgiveness is essential if we want to be forgiven of our own sins and wrongdoings. Fully forgive and be free.

Numerous are the worldly temptations, especially in our contemporary world.  Temptations might come in various forms. Ask Him to protect you. Abide in Him, be filled with the Spirit and you will be armed to resist against all evil.

Have faith in Him and He will deliver you from the evil one, the enemy.

To our Lord, the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever.

Amen.

Remember to say “Our Father” as a heartfelt prayer. Think of each word while uttering it.
Yeshua and the Father are One, and I am deeply convinced that talking to Yeshua is talking to Abba.

May He bless you in abundance. Remain in His love and light.







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