The most famous and beloved prayer in Christendom is the Lord’s Prayer. In the gospel of Matthew, it appears in the Sermon on the Mount.
Amidst a swelling throng of seekers, Jesus announced the principles of a new world order. Although the crowd was within earshot, Jesus’ words were primarily directed to his disciples -- an unlikely band of unschooled commoners who had been told they would be fishers of men. Curious to learn more, they settled at the Master’s feet. Little did they suspect that they had just begun a three-year training program that would prepare them for a globe-shaping undertaking.
But of all the things the disciples heard that day, none would be more mission-critical than what they learned about prayer. Using half the bandwidth of the Apostle’s Creed, Jesus taught them how to call upon the resources they would soon need:
This, then, is how you should pray:
“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be Your name,
Your Kingdom come,
Your will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.”
This is no “one-size-fits-all” prayer or a “when-you-don’t-know-what-to-pray” prayer. It is a worshipful supplication that includes praise, petition, confession, submission and thanksgiving, along with some important Christian doctrines. In Part One I discussed the first verse of this prayer. This week I conclude with the remainder. Continue reading here.
Continue reading here.