Are we better off praying what is on our heart and mind or to pray what is on God's heart for us. Remember Matthew 6:33 "Seek first the Kingdom of God and all these things shall be added to you" (given to you).
Our Father who art in heaven - hallowed be thy name, thy Kingdom come, thy will be done
[Here Jesus was telling where the direction of prayer should come from - Heaven (in 4 ways: where He is, who He is, what it is about and how you fit in)! This is where the Father dwells - where His name is above every name given to men. His eternal Kingdom is what He sent Jesus and the Holy Spirit to make real to us. Jesus said, "If you know me you know the Father. If you have seen Me you have seen the Father." So 'prayer' begins with us giving God our attention not getting Him to pay attention to us! When we pay attention to Him it is at His Table as "set" for us by Jesus. It is there that Jesus, through the Holy Spirit who has been sent to us for this purpose, shares His life and words as given to Him by Jesus as given to Him by the Father.]
On earth as it is in heaven
[When we look to heaven it is to look to Him and to listen to Him to understand His plan. His next step in is made known in making His presence real to us at His Table through Communion. When in His presence He shows us something, shares something with us that is like a treasure or a gift. He may speak to us about it or about something else. He may even show us something in the near future or 'prophetically' (Revelation 19:10). Sometimes He wants to make His peace love, or joy real to us. It may be a sense of His presence, His touch or even His embrace. He wants to share His life with us and He does this through things that we understand. He knows you better than you know yourself. When He shares something with you you know its Him because no one else can touch your heart the way He does. In His presence is life forevermore.]
KEY: Give us this day .............. our daily bread or day to day bread
[Before sharing on this topic Jesus says, "I already know what you need before you ask so don't act all 'public' about it when you "ask me for something" as though your request reminds God what He should be doing!
The first phrase Give us this day: means 'today's date' (as if give us this day, right now, where we are as we are for who we are)
Our "daily" or "day to day" bread. This is the only place in all of scripture (epiousis) "Day to Day" is used (Matthew 6:11 and Luke 11:3). 'daily bread' has to do with a location not food. It is the place where we feed on His presence. It is the Table of the Lord where we feed on the 'eternal bread of life that never goes stale and keeps feeding us forever. (As if) Today Lord, let us feast on "Daily" or "Day to Day" living bread. It literally means 'a defined area' or locale where He tells His story - or 'the dwelling of telling'. (Christ in you the hope of glory - where 'we behold Him as in a mirror and when we behold His glory we are changed into that same image from glory to glory'.
We are His sanctuary and where two or more are gathered in His name He is in the midst. he is building us together as His dwelling. "I will dwell in the House of the Lord" is speaking of being in His presence. It also means "our heavenly subsistence for the coming day". Jesus says when we eat His flesh and drink His blood it is real food. He also says that when we do this in remembrance of Him we have His life inside us. He wants to share His life with us and when He does we feed on what He gives us for days, weeks and months to come. It is food that feeds us and never grows stale. When we feast on His presence it is where He makes His story real to us personally. Thus, "Give us Lord today, our daily (Communion) or sustenance as we feed upon your presence (CommunionFire)."]
Forgive us our debts as we have forgiven our debtors
and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil
[Once we have been in His presence and encountered His grace and glory our hearts are overwhelmed and they overflow with kindness, goodness and mercy for others knowing full well that He only leads us to His Table. The power of temptation has been broken and we are fully delivered from evil. If God be for us who can be against us. In the overflow of being in His presence at His Table being fed on eternal life we know nothing can separate us from His great love for us. We are firmly in His grasp - free from any ability the enemy has to pluck us from the Lord's embrace.]
For yours is the Kingdom, the power and the glory forever and ever! Amen.
[When you are with the King Jesus you are in the domain of His Kingdom! He sent His Holy Spirit to lead us into His presence, to bring more and more of His story into our thinking (memory) and to show us things to come. When we have Communion - when we sit at His Table we encounter His glory! When we do it reshapes, reforms, transforms, rekindles, who we are to become the person He always intended us to be. Its not something we can do on our own. It takes the divine revelation of His presence. When we see Him, hear Him and understand Him we are converted, changed, transformed and healed. His love is the the power that brings transformation almost without us being aware of it until we look back.]
So His love comes to us. It transforms us and He fits us together as a house that declares His praise because others see His glory in our lives.
Daily or Day to Day "Bread of life" Heavenly bread - the body/flesh of Jesus in Communion - as in "feeding on the presence of Jesus. It is a location where we feed that we find when we "Do this to build remembrance".
Jesus is our DAILY, DAY-TO-DAY bread of life and our DAY-TO-DAY drink of redemption. (It is a substance that tells a story.) The bread shows us the story and the wine tells us the story. The body/flesh of Jesus is consumed and regenerates as new life in us. The blood of Jesus is our drink of the New Covenant that quickens that new life within us so that we might become the righteousness of God in Christ. His story becomes our story. In Communion we becomes first hand witnesses of the fire of His glory.
epiousios: for the coming day, for subsistence (Epie: defined A-G then Ousios: H-I)
Together Epei + Ousios = "Provision what is needed each day (what precedes is true, what follows is appropriate) that is for 'whosoever' sees what is factual and true (by definition there is a clearly defined perimeter) beyond what is expected (from 'on the other side' as in from heaven to earth if measured as any distance) - the property, wealth and substance defined by the self-existent, "I AM", eternal life, bread and light.
Short version: (Give us today our 'day-today bread) "Today, in Communion with you at your Table (the defined location) Lord, bring us into your presence that we might receive from you what we need to live in the spirit and be led by your Spirit."
Original Word: ἐπιούσιος, ον
Part of Speech: Adjective
Phonetic Spelling: (ep-ee-oo'-see-os)
Short Definition: for the morrow, necessary, sufficient
Definition: for the morrow, necessary, sufficient.
1967 epioúsios (from 1909 /epí, "upon, fitting" and 3776 /ousía, "being, substance") – properly, aptly substantive, appropriate to what is "coming on" (happening), i.e. suitable (apt) for the coming day.
[1967 (epioúsios) is cognate with 1966 /epioúsa, "the next day," "the following (approaching) day," "the coming day," see the NAS dictionary.]
1967 /epioúsios ("aptly substantive") only occurs in the Lord's Prayer. It refers to God's provision that is needed for each day (Mt 6:11; Lk 11:3) – literally, "bread that fits (meets) the unique demands of the coming day."
B) From the root: epeiper: since indeed, seeing that
Original Word: ἐπείπερ
Part of Speech: Conjunction
Phonetic Spelling: (ep-i'-per)
Short Definition: since indeed, seeing that
Definition: since indeed, seeing that.
C) epei: when, because
Original Word: ἐπεί
Part of Speech: Conjunction
Phonetic Spelling: (ep-i')
Short Definition: after, for, since, otherwise
Definition: of time: when, after; of cause: since, because; otherwise: else.
1893 epeí (a conjunction composed of 1909, "on, fitting" and 1487 /ei, "if, which assumes the premise is factual") – properly, aptly if, introducing something assumed to be factual and fitting, i.e. as appropriate to what is assumed. Its sense is, "Assume what precedes is true, and understand what follows to be appropriate and applicable" (i.e. true as well).
D) epi: on, upon (prime word)
Original Word: ἐπί
Part of Speech: Preposition
Phonetic Spelling: (ep-ee')
Short Definition: on, to, against, on the basis of, at
Definition: on, to, against, on the basis of, at.
1909 epí (a preposition) – properly, on (upon), implying what "fits" given the "apt contact," building on the verbal idea. 1909 /epí ("upon") naturally looks to the response (effect) that goes with the envisioned contact, i.e. its apt result ("spin-offs," effects). The precise nuance of 1909 (epí) is only determined by the context, and by the grammatical case following it – i.e. genitive, dative, oraccusative case.
E) ei: forasmuch as, if, that
Original Word: εἰ
Part of Speech: Conditional Particle Or Conjunction
Phonetic Spelling: (i)
Short Definition: if
1487 ei (a conditional conjunction) – if. 1487 /ei (followed by any verb) expresses "a condition, thought of as real, or to denote assumptions" (i.e.viewed as factual. for the sake of argument) (BAGD). Accordingly, 1487 (ei) should not be translated "since," but rather always "if" – since the assumption may only be portrayed as valid (true, factual).
F) (from epeiper = epei + per) per: whosoever
Original Word: περ
Phonetic Spelling: (per)
Short Definition: whosoever
4007 per (an emphatic particle derived from 4012 /perí, "concerning, all about") – fully concerning; wholly, very, really – literally "all-around" the whole perimeter; (figuratively) to the limit, beyond what is expected (usual).
G) (root) peran: on the other side
Original Word: πέραν
Part of Speech: Adverb
Phonetic Spelling: (per'-an)
Short Definition: over, beyond
Definition: over, on the other side, beyond.
NAS Exhaustive Concordance
akin to pera (on the further side)
on the other side
H) ousia: substance, property
Original Word: οὐσία, ας, ἡ
Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine
Phonetic Spelling: (oo-see'-ah)
Short Definition: property, wealth
Definition: property, wealth, substance.
NAS Exhaustive Concordance
from ousa (fem. part. of eimi)
I) eimi: eimi: I exist, I am (as if: I am the bread of life)
Original Word: εἰμί
Part of Speech: Verb
Phonetic Spelling: (i-mee')
Short Definition: I am, exist
Definition: I am, exist.
1510 eimí (the basic Greek verb which expresses being, i.e. "to be") – am, is.1510 (eimí), and its counterparts, (properly) convey "straight-forward" being(existence, i.e. without explicit limits).
1510 /eimí ("is, am") – in the present tense, indicative mood – can be time-inclusive ("omnitemporal," like the Hebrew imperfect tense). Only the contextindicates whether the present tense also has "timeless" implications. For example, 1510 (eimí) is aptly used in Christ's great "I am" (ego eimi . . . ) that also include His eternality (self-existent life) as our life, bread, light," etc. See Jn 7:34, 8:58, etc.
Example: Jn 14:6: "I am (1510 /eimí) the way, the truth and the life." Here1510 (eimí) naturally accords with the fact Christ is eternal – maning "I am(was, will be)." The "I am formula (Gk egō eimi)" harks back to God's only name, "Yahweh" (OT/3068, "the lord") – meaning "He who always was, is, and will be." Compare Jn 8:58 with Ex 3:14. See also Rev 4:8 and 2962 /kýrios("Lord").
NAS Exhaustive Concordance
a prol. form of a prim. and defective verb
I exist, I am
Today - Lord we come by your invitation (and leading as our Shepherd) to the Table you have prepared for us, even in the presence of our enemies. Just as the betrayer sat at the same Table you prepared in the Upper Room you introduced the First Communion as the meal of the New Covenant replacing the Passover meal as the meal of the Old Covenant. So today and each day we come empty handed to your Table to ask your blessing on the bread to be your body/flesh and your blessing on the wine to be your blood as real food that gives us eternal life both now and forever. We feed upon you and receive this gift with great thanksgiving in our hearts. As we do, we see you! We hear you! We sense your holiness and love and take in the revelations and fragrances of your Kingdom. For you promised by the number of grace to send your Holy Spirit to all who believe on the night of your first Communion. You said that He would lead us into your presence to encounter your glory where you share your life with us. That He would reveal things to come to confirm your message to us and to all we share your story with. You are my daily bread of life. Your cup of suffering has become our cup of redemption. By your blood we are redeemed and renewed by the life of your Holy Spirit carried in your blood into every part of our life; body, soul and spirit. For that same Spirit that raised you from the dead now dwells inside us and quickens our mortal body that we might live in the spirit and be led by the Holy Spirit. We are your sanctuary. We share your life with one another as you have given it to us that we might be one with each other as we are with You. We are your witnesses and take the stand of the world to declare your testimony as we have personally experienced it in the fire of Communion, even in your glory. In Your presence and because of you we are transformed from glory to glory to become fully the people you always intended us to be.
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