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New Defender's Study Bible Notes

6:10 Thy kingdom come. Note the principle of beginning our prayers neither with personal thanksgiving or personal requests, but rather of acknowledging our Creator’s purposes for His creation. Focus on God’s will is of primary importance (far more so than our personal needs).

6:11 Thy will. This is the first occurrence of the word “will” in the New Testament, and it is noteworthy that it refers to God’s will—not man’s. The last occurrence is in Revelation 4:11, there translated “pleasure,” but again referring to God’s will.

6:11 daily bread. This is the only occurrence in the New Testament of the Greek word here translated “daily” (except for the same sentence in Luke 11:3), but the Lord does note here that we should ask for our physical needs one day at a time.

6:13 Amen. The remarkable word “amen” closes this model prayer taught by Christ, as well as the Bible itself (Revelation 22:21). Its meaning is “so it will be;” it is thus an expression of faith in God and His promises. It was transliterated directly from the Hebrew into Greek and then into most other languages, so that it is practically a universal word, especially among Christians in every nation. It is even one of the titles of Christ (Revelation 3:14). In Hebrew it is almost identical with the Hebrew word aman, meaning “believe” or “faithful.” All of God’s promises in Christ “are yea, and in Him Amen” (II Corinthians 1:20).

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