My thoughts on the Lord’s Prayer

I say morning prayers with my grandson every morning as we drive to school and I always end it by saying the “Lord’s Prayer”, so called because it is found in Matthew chapter 6 when Jesus tells the disciples to pray according to this instead of vain repetitions. This prayer actually includes everything we need and every time I pray it I can hear my dad singing it in my mind, I’m so glad I have him on my playlist singing it. Anyway, I thought I would remind you of it and tell you all the things that go through my mind as I am praying it along with hearing daddy sing.

 For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.

So if He already knows what we need, why do we keep asking over and over again?

In this manner, therefore, pray: He is instructing them to not be so repetitive!

Our Father in heaven,

Hallowed be Your name. When I am praying with my grandson I say “Holy is Your name” I am not sure young people (or maybe a lot of people) know what “hallowed” even means.

 Your kingdom come.

Your will be done   We are laying our will down and giving Him control of our life.

On earth as it is in heaven. 

Give us this day our daily bread.  I usually say “Thank you for giving us this day…” because I know that He supplies all my need according to His riches in glory, right?

 And forgive us our debts,

As we forgive our debtors.  This is the big one, and to impress on Gabe the importance of this I always say, “Forgive us of our sins exactly like we forgive the people who have sinned against us.

 And do not lead us into temptation, Some of need to say that line twice, right?

But deliver us from the evil one.

For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen

Jesus goes on to say, emphasizing what He had already said above about forgiving as we forgive!

“For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.

 But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

If you want to pray and don’t know how or don’t know what to say, just pray the way Jesus taught His disciples! Have a wonderful Sunday! J

 

2 Replies to “My thoughts on the Lord’s Prayer”

  1. I love the prayers of the Bible. I prefer to pray them rather than my own. That’s just me, I guess. My Dad is just the opposite. He seems to want to take the things on his heart to God. I get it. It makes sense. And even I do that too, really. But I prefer to take the join my life (my heart) to the prayers of the saints who went before – specifically those that make up the Story of God and His World.

    I love to pray the Song of Moses in Exodus 15. When I join Moses and the people of God in that prayer, I find God to be soooooooo powerful. He takes tyrants and buries them in the sea while his children pass through the waters heaped up on both sides! I go there with them. My faith is increased!

    I love to pray the Magnificat in Luke 1. Even though the prayer is profoundly feminine, I find the faith this little girl who learns she will be the mother of our Lord to be astounding! Her prayer seems even more confident that Jesus in Gethsemane – if that can be! She does not ask for the cup to pass – she just says “May it be so! I am the Lords handmaid. I am at your disposal!” Wow!!! If you can say that to God and your knees not buckle…. Wow!

    So, yes. I pray the Lord’s prayer too – almost daily. I pray the Shema as well, and then move to the Lords prayer actually. The only thing missing from the Lord’s prayer is THANK YOU! And I start my day with that too. I am a street minister to the homeless, and I always thank God for the warm dry bed I slept in last night and the woman he gave me to share it with. These blessings jump right to the front of my prayer every day, but then I move to the Lords prayer and recite it with devotion.

    N.T. Wright wrote a fantastic little book a few years ago called The Lord And His Prayer. That book illuminated the Lord’s prayer for me like no other. He makes a case for the prayer being the petition of revolutionaries. And of course, Jesus teaches his disciples to pray it up on the mountain when he delivers The Sermon on the Mount, as we call it. The people gathered there for that sermon follow a Messiah to the hills in expectation that he will bring God’s Kingdom Rule back to Israel and dispense with the Roman Oppression!

    Jesus takes his disciples up on that mountain in a prophetic dramatization taking the ancient role of Moses leading the people out of Egypt up to Sinai to constitute the People of God – only in this case Jesus is reconstituting the People of God (or even more truly, he is really doing it the first time and making Moses just a foreshadow of the moment of truth!). But that is getting kinda theologically complex, I know….

    But here is one of the most important things about that prayer and it is deeply revolutionary: The first word of it in greek is FATHER. And the first time Israel knows God as “father” is found in Exodus 4:22. Up until that moment, Israel did not know God as Father. And on that occasion, they are captives in Egypt under Pharaoh’s taskmasters – making them the orphans left to Pharaoh like a mean step father or a cruel orphanage headmaster.

    Imagine a moment if you were a child left in an orphanage to an abusive headmaster! Now imagine that after many years of suffering under his tyranny, you one day heard a man in the lobby announce to the abusive head master that he is your daddy and that he will not put up with one more minute of his abuse toward you.

    Now go read Exodus 4:22 where God tells Pharaoh, “Hey Bubb!!! That’s MY kid you been pickin on! Cut it out!”

    That moment sent spiritual shockwaves through Israel and the cosmos! Israel NEVER forgot that moment. When Jesus teaches the disciples to pray this prayer, he opens with a recollection of THAT particular moment – which was revolutionary in the Exodus story, revolutionary for those rebels who ran to the hills to follow this Messiah, and for us today!

    I wont rewrite that book here for you now, but I highly recommend it. Wright goes through every clause of that prayer and illuminates it on the stage of the Old Testament and shows how Jesus weaves Israel’s history into this revolutionary moment. It empowers the prayer for us today too.

    I am glad I found your blog.

    Agent X
    Fat Beggars School of Prophets
    Lubbock, Texas (USA)

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  2. Wow Agent X, I enjoyed your comment and certainly do intend on looking up that book! Can’t wait, and by the way I always include the “thank you” also! Thank you so much for leaving such an in depth thought! harolene

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