The Real Meaning of the Lord’s Prayer

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As you know “Lord’s Prayer” was given to us directly by Jesus Christ and most Christians pray it daily.

However, most Christians recite the Lord’s Prayer without thinking about its real meaning.

You will be astonished by my sharing that the prayer is meant to help the growth of our soul or spirit and for a closer relationship with God. It contains all we need for our salvation.


This first phrase tells us “who” we are. Our relationship with God is like that of a father and child.

Jesus said: “If you, who are so full love, nevertheless do your best for your children, how much more will God who is altogether good, do for you.” It is a cosmic law that “like begets like.” We the offspring of God’s Divine Nature must be essentially Divine Spirit too.

It also tells us God exists, is not a punishing God but the loving Father of mankind. “Our Father” indicates we are all brothers and sisters and that all individuals and nations on Earth are equal.

It also implies it is important to pray for all mankind as well as ourselves. There is no spiritual bondage in our Oneness.

“Who Art in Heaven”

Our Father Who is in heaven, the term declares the Presence of God. God created humans to express through his soul, His Love here in many glorious ways starting with the human physical body, his home, his work, and play. God and man have their different roles in the bigger picture.

“Hallowed Be Thy Name”

This is old English meaning “holy,” “whole,” “wholesome” “heal,” or “healed.” In other words, His nature is altogether good and sends us not our difficulties. This prayer shows us that we must acknowledge Him as “hallowed” and He will show us how we can overcome the problems that we create ourselves.

“Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will Be Done, on Earth as it is in Heaven”

”Thy kingdom come” means that it is our duty to be always occupied in helping to establish the Kingdom Of God on earth.

Each man is an individualized consciousness here on earth and individualized also means undivided, not divided in Spirit. Our work is to bring more and more of God’s ideas into concrete manifestation/form on this physical plane. In constant prayer we find what God’s Will is for us. Once our will is God’s Will we have established heaven on Earth.

“Give Us this Day Our Day Our Daily Bread”

Dear Reader. Surprise. In the Bible bread means much more than food clothing, shelter, our jobs for our physical body. It also means that it is the Will of God that we lead a fulfilling life moment by moment and all times in unfolding fashion.

In our life on Earth, we must recognize God and God alone as the Source of all our good, our total Being physically and Spiritually. The most important inner meaning of our daily bread is realizing that He is present with us; feeling this makes us totally spiritual Beings. Because God, all good, all powerful, all wise, and all-loving, we have nothing to fear. As we think about Him, in our experiences, we get a glimpse of Him as our Creator.

It is our realization, our experience which marks the progress of the soul, bread is the substance of this hoped for, evidence of things not seen. Jesus refers to bread, as our hidden manna, as the nourishment of the soul, that gives humans all things for action in truth.

This must come spontaneously as a result of regular daily praying the Lord’s Prayer. This will remind us to live in the present moment, of realization of God. right here and right now. This makes us the instruments and expression of God Himself.

This Enlightenment gives us temporary and eternal Joy.

“Forgive Us Our Trespasses, As We Forgive Those Who Trespass Against Us”

This is the main part of our salvation.

Here Jesus teaches us that forgiveness involves 2 parts which must occur simultaneously.  First, we must declare we have forgiven ourselves and all others. Second, our own forgiveness is dependent on that.

We must not only forgive personal experiences but also extend forgiveness to all humanity which is the Truth of our Being.

But much more is implied in the “Forgiveness Statement.”

Sin is a sense of separation from God. Separation does not exist. Our true Being lives in Him and are all One with God, undivided, expressing His Nature of only a Loving God. It is all spiritual because we ae one with the greater Whole it follows that we are one with all humanity.

Perhaps the Reader has learned that we are actually a soul/spirit living in a body temple and not the other way around. This helps make sense of all the implied information.

When the Truth described is not believed, thinking we can live apart, we are in the state called “fall of man.”

That is why Jesus taught the far-reaching power of forgiveness.

We must positively extend forgiveness to everyone who we think we have injured, or they have injured us. So again, for us to be forgiven we must forgive all others. Now having discontinued our own mistakes, we have to accept the forgiveness of God for them too.

Forgiveness includes people who have not hurt us very much and people who have injured us deeply and caused much suffering.

All of the above must be completed to set others free in order to set ourselves free. The Christ Truth has set us both free, and our soul is saved.

More must be mentioned.  If we find forgiveness difficult, we should know that all we need to do is be “willing” to start the process and must be repeated over and over again until forgiveness is completed.

Also, we are “not” obliged to “like” everyone, but we have a binding obligation to “love” everyone, as “charity” is used in the Bible. Jesus said we must love one another, as I love you.

Finally, we should practice general forgiveness every day. Simply say: “I freely forgive everyone.” Slowly, we find ourselves cleared of all resentment and leave the judgement to God. This will make our life happier physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

“Lead Us Not into Temptation But Deliver us from Evil”

God could and would not lead us into temptation. The more we pray daily and the more spiritual we become, the greater difficulties we meet which may lead us to “spiritual pride.”

So, we must remember that our greater knowledge brings us to greater responsibility, and we must not violate it. Let’s not forget the Lord’s own ordeal in the wilderness. Therefore, Jesus inserted this clause that we may not have to meet anything that is too much for us at the present level of our understanding. “Nothing shall by any means hurt you. Behold I am with you always.”

“For Thine is the Kingdom and the Power and the Glory For Ever and Ever”

The Kingdom here means all Creation in all dimensions.

Power is only of God Let’s hold the thought that it is really God who is working through us. We gain efficiency by saying, “God is inspiring me.”

The Glory is God’s too. All three bring us inner eternal Joy.

Author’s conclusion.

Every time I recite this Prayer, alone or in groups, I feel warm fuzzy Love in my heart. My soul lights up because the prayer shows how God brings me closer to Him because He loves all of us/humanity.


Note:  Some of the content was found and simplified from  “The Sermon On The Mount” by Emmet Fox.


Life’s Big Questions Answered: A Dive into the Beatitudes

Why am I here?  Who am I?

These are two of Life’s big questions that most people on Earth ask themselves.
I believe they are answered here .
Life’s Big Questions Answered: A Dive into the Beatitudes

Why am I here? My purpose on Earth

The Beatitudes Sermon on the mountTo know this, we must understand the deeper meanings of the beatitudes from the Sermon on the mount. This post is a collection and summary of many of the sermons or teachings of Jesus Christ.

The word “mount” means “highest.”.  In other words, the Beatitudes are the “best” of Christ’s Blessings/Teachings /Advice for us to apply every day to overcome our problems, and help our souls grow. This is why we are!

This is the purpose of our life. It is to do our best; not try to be perfect.

The Beatitudes refer to our state of mind, of what we think and experience.

Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

This is for us to realize that we, “our spirits or souls” live on earth as a person in a physical body. It is a challenge to have a loving relationship with Christ or God – this makes us poor in spirit. So, we must learn to eliminate everything blocking our Way to God.

This includes overcoming worldly attachments: importance of $$$, money, public honor, approval of others and, are not over-awed by human authority anymore.

Our past errors or mistakes are allowed.

I call the past beliefs: FIBS- false ideas and beliefs. We were mistaken, and need and are able to change them. When we do this by re-examining our lives and correcting our thinking and behavior a little bit every day, we can also live in the kingdom of heaven every while on Earth.

Blessed are they that mourn for they shall be comforted.

The mourning results when we experience struggles and pain. We are comforted by feeling the Truth of our “feelings” which set us free.

Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth.

This means that our painful experiences (earth) give us dominion or ability to transform them all into harmony and true success.

Blessed are they who hunger and thirst after righteousness for they shall be filled.

“Righteousness” is the Bible word meaning not only the right human behavior. It also means, what we think in our mind we will be produced in our experience. As within so without. We cannot think of a certain thing and produce another.

Therefore, righteous are spiritual, God thoughts that we must think in order to be filled, that is, satisfied. Like begets like. …as a man soweth in his unseen thoughts, so shall he reap in that which is seen.

All things work together for good to those who love good.

When we awaken to a knowledge of these great Truths, we naturally begin to apply them in our lives, i.e., put order in our house. Our progress is slower in physical expression and takes unceasing vigilance. As we claim we are in the Presence of God, we must also claim by praying for wisdom and guidance.

When we are truly wholeheartedly in our efforts – hungering and thirsting for righteousness, we shall surely be filled – or satisfied and content in God.

Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain-shown mercy.

It really matters whether we are merciful or forgiving in our thoughts. The true thought about our fellowman blesses him spiritually, mentally, and materially; and blesses us as well. That’s the Christ Truth that sets us all free. In freeing others from my condemnation, I make it possible to absolve myself for self-condemnation.

Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.

Who does Christ say is “pure at heart?” For the answer we must go to our Bible. It means much more than physical purity. It is those of us humans who believe that only God is our Creator and the only Real Power that exists.

We then not only believe this in out “conscious” mind-in head. We all have found this Truth in our sub-conscious mind,” -in our heart. It is moving “head” knowledge to “heart” knowledge. This makes the real Presence: “wholehearted” in all our thoughts, words and actions bringing our wills into perfect harmony with His Will. Like Jesus can be pure of heart to pray and practice Presence of God.

That brings us to “seeing” God. There is nothing corporeal, physical, about God. We only have spiritual perception seeing Him and call it Heaven. It is another name for the His Presence that is in us, our livingness, around us, without space or time and is unlimited and eternal.

Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God.

This is the most practical teaching of Christ -showing us how prayer is the means to directly communicate with God. It is the only way: action with conversation, vocal, mental or contemplation.

We are acting and changing our character for the better and the growth of our soul.  It is as though we have been born anew. “…let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. This gives us the sense of the Presence of God that leads us to peace of mind and serenity. Serenity is found by prayer of forgiving others and ourselves. The peace revealed in our soul makes us children of God filled with God Thoughts of Wisdom and Love.

Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Persecutions are only struggles and temptations within us, even as Jesus had experienced in the Garden of Gethsemane.  Our surroundings and other people cannot harm us.

Jesus taught that the Will of God for us is harmony, peace and joy cultivated by our right thoughts, the kingdom of heaven.

Author Bettina “Sparkles” Obernuefemann Conclusion

Author’s book “Modern Disciples” shows us how to apply these teachings of Christ and can be found on Amazon.
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I trust these clarifications helped the Reader and remind everyone that we are Children of God, little Gods, and can never be separated according to Christ, only Love is “real” and “fear” is only illusion.

I like to reflect on what Jesus Christ said that the Father and I are one, I in you, and you in Me. All this shows us the Oneness of God and most spiritual meaning is beyond human understanding. At least we got a glimpse of His great Love for us in the Beatitudes.

Living in an Unlimited Bubble of Safety and Love

We all live in bubbles now. How safe is yours?

Actually we live in an unlimited “Bubble” of safety and only Love.

The word “bubble” is well known in this Global Corona Virus Pandemic as a safe place to live and doing the things you want to do, i.e., professional basketball players – they protect themselves from external sources that would interfere with being able to play basketball. 

I use the word ‘bubble” in this article for our Creator, all-loving God, “All there is,” our safe and Divine orderly Cosmos, all beyond our understanding and limitless. 

Our “limited” life is living in faith in a smaller “bubble,” while at the same time living within the larger “endless Bubble” (represented by the my choice of an image with the bubble inside a bubble.)

Unlimited Love and safety

Many of us have learned that we are not our body but spirit. This part of us lives forever, before we were born and after death of our body.

I call our eternal part of us, our soul, our Inner Child. Our Inner Child is our connection with our unlimited “Bubble.” 

Wouldn’t you agree that “bubble” is a wonderful metaphor for God and all the other names we have for the heavenly state of mind?

Faith and connection with the unlimited “Bubble” makes me feel good and my life becomes meaningful.  This belief truly makes me happier.

My Fearful Life

I am speaking from experience of a fifty-year chaotic and fearful life which I was able to gradually turn into my content life now at 80 years of age. Praise the Lord!

I’ll retell my story as long as I live to pass the information to younger generations so you can have a happier life on Earth.  You see I finally found out why I always felt alone, unhappy, was addicted to alcohol and was unable to have long-lasting loving relationships.

Inner child healing Betting "Sparkles"I had a “recall” of child abuse, was diagnosed with Complex PTSD.
My recovery process led me on to a spiritual path i.e., discovered my unlimited “Bubble.”

The main process I used was conversations with my physical inner child who I never acknowledged for her suffering. My little girl stuffed all pain and carried hurts into adulthood. 

In my talks with my little girl, I discovered my Inner Spirit. It took two years, but it was worth it.  Slowly my faith grew.  I learned more about the teachings of Christ.

From His Wisdom I began to believe in the visible and invisible, the physical and metaphysical. Also, that our soul lives forever.

In addition, Christ taught that everything that happens, happens for a reason.  If it “seems” bad to us it may be an opportunity for our soul to grow.

Growing is loving ourselves and one another.


Forgiveness is another biggie to make that happen! That’s how we love the big “Bubble” and that is our purpose in the little “bubble”.

Yes, dear readers, even though we don’t know our expansive, eternal “Bubble,” Christ said we are One with IT.

Living in our life’s “bubble” and knowing we connect with the “All there Is Bubble” means we are together, safe, never alone and loved.

You too can have more Inner Peace, by believing that Christ said, “I AM with you always, in all ways forever.”

Appreciate yourself and be happy! Don’t you agree, we are happy children, playing in the small and big “Bubble” forever.

If you have difficulties with this, please recite the Serenity Prayer used by Alcoholics Anonymous.

I include it here with its other verses rarely read. 

The Full Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;

And wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
As it is, not as I would have it;

Trusting that He will make things right
If I surrender to His Will;
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life
And supremely happy with Him

Forever and ever in the next.


Hi, again friends…and welcome to a few more glimpses at my life.

Some of you already know I had a 38-yr. flying career which was a perfect gift from God because I loved people and loved to travel… and still do. The long career was the “stability” in my life. I was a Flight Attendant but, back in 1965 when I started, we were called Stewardesses, sometimes “Stews.” The main job requirements were: single ladies, ages 21-27, no glasses, a certain weight and height, 4 yrs. of college or two years of public contact work.  I qualified, was hired and I was very excited about my future.  I worked for a small airline; all employees knew each other well. We were like family.

Airports and Airlines were so different then.  During that era, the public, referred to us as the “Coffee, tea, or me?” group.  Checking in did not involve going through any security, imagine that? Also, there were no passenger bridges or jet ways and people could smoke on the entire aircraft. Many books were written about those fun-flying days.

Although flying was the bright side of my life, there was an ominous dark side. As much as I enjoyed my work and functioned OK, I was wearing a mask.  You see, I was smiling on the outside but crying on the inside, and I didn’t know why I was so unhappy and felt so alone. I also wasn’t aware that I had unusual anxiety, anger spells or depression. My firm belief was, “That’s just how life is.”  I had no hope things could ever change for me. But, God had different plans for me.

I finally got an answer to why I was sooo unhappy at age 50, when I was diagnosed with Child Abuse PTSD-Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. I was in shock, and I felt like it was all happening right then. To make my long story short, I went to a therapist who advised that I had to face the pain of my childhood, in order to release it and feel better.  The other choice was continuing life down an unhappy, destructive path.  I didn’t have anything to lose and I was “willing” to go for it!

After a couple of years healing work I realized how my attitude had changed and how much better I was feeling.  It hit me big time that I desired to pass on the good news and help other sufferers. I began to talk and write about my experiences and proclaim: NO ONE HAS TO ACCEPT A SUFFERING LIFE…pain happens but continual suffering is a choice.

I just love to talk about my transformation. The old Bettina lived mostly in fear, didn’t trust others, and lived feeling alone & unhappy in her heart. The new happier Bettina “Sparkles” has found peace and lives a spiritual life. I’d like you to envision me as a dear relative or friend who you can trust, tell your problem, reach out to for help, and know you’ll receive support, understanding and love.