Our Father in heaven, may your name be honored. May your Kingdom come and your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us the bread we need for today. Forgive our wrongs as we forgive the wrongs of others. Keep us from temptation and protect us from evil. For yours is the Kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
From Eyewitness: The Life of Christ Told in One Story
Athletes give their lives in strenuous training for a short-lived glory, but we strive for a reward that will last forever. — 1 Corinthians 9:25
Jesus told a Samaritan woman, “If you knew the gift of God, you would have asked …” (John 4:10). Because she didn’t know about the “living water,” she hadn’t asked for the only thing that would quench her thirst. If I don’t know the value of God’s gift, I could do the same thing.
What is God’s gift worth?
If I don’t recognize the value of what God has to offer, I won’t make the effort to obtain the prize. That’s why remind myself that being a part of God’s Kingdom, Power, and Glory is worth the sacrifice of everything I might otherwise want. That concept may seem simple enough, but it’s not always easy for me to believe what I can’t see. A constant reminder helps.
I can be an overcomer and gain the prize.
The apostle John revealed the three essential elements for saints to overcome the evil one (Revelation 12:11). First is “the blood of the Lamb,” referring to the sacrifice Jesus made for me on the cross. I like that one because I don’t have to do anything. Next is the “word of their testimony,” which stresses the importance of my story. Showing God’s change in my life is crucial because my salvation depends on my confession before others (Matthew 10:32–33). The third element is “even unto death,” which says I should value God’s Kingdom, Power, and Glory as something worth dying for.
The model prayer concludes with an exhortation to recognize the incomprehensible glories that God has in store for those who love him and work to fulfill his purpose.