Divine Omissions

You shall not add to the word which I am commanding you, nor take away from it, that you may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I comand you.
Pray, then, in this way: 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 do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen
- MATTHEW 6:9-13

We love what is called the Lord’s Prayer. It is so beautiful, so simple, so complete! It covers all the bases. It makes prayer simple and natural, and it brings such peace. Many have written about it, finding significance in every word. Who could disagree? However, few have written about what the prayer leaves out. Divine omissions are very important. Nearly nothing we are told we need or must do today, nor the sought-after experiences, are in this prayer. Again, we must get the first things right. I find the “moves of God” (all too often simply the stirrings of the flesh) quite boring. See the people behind the stage or look into the next week, and you will know what I mean. It all centers on man, what one man is offering, what another is giving, and what another one has. It does not center on Jesus and is not needed. If it were needed, it would happen in every place, without coaching. I am not saying that God does not cause all things to work together for good, and even this He will cause for good. My point is that no one should get too upset over lauded occurrences he has not experienced when they are divine omissions. Often I am asked what I think about a particular expression of what is called spiritual. I simply respond, “What Scripture are you talking about?” There never is one, just a vague reference to some Old Testament passage, “Eye has not seen, ear has not heard!” In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus is clearly telling us what we really need. His kingdom (it will not be weird), His will (not something scary), daily provision (not security), forgiveness (for our own good), and deliverance from temptation. Additions are often Divine Omissions!

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