On the Lord’s Prayer June 2, 2017
Matthew 6:9-13King James Version (KJV)
9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.11 Give us this day our daily bread.12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
The Prayer Jesus Taught – Matthew 6:7-8
In Matthew, Jesus said we should pray after this manner, and in Luke 11:1-4 he gives the Lord’s Prayer in response to the disciples’ request to ‘teach us to pray.’
Why would there be a right and a wrong way to pray?
What could be the consequence of praying wrongly?
What do you think about forms of prayer and extemporary(off the top of one’s head) prayer?
Many teachers have said that it is important to pray the Lord’s Prayer ‘with understanding.’ What do you think?
John Wesley, who did a lot of extempore prayer, also started each day with a time in the Book of Common prayer, which would mean reading something like this:
ALMIGHTY God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who desireth not the death of a sinner, but rather that he may turn from his wickedness, and live; and hath given power, and commandment, to his Ministers, to declare and pronounce to his people, being penitent, the Absolution and Remission of their sins : He pardoneth and absolveth all them that truly repent, and unfeignedly believe his holy Gospel. Wherefore let us beseech him to grant us true repentance, and his Holy Spirit, that those things may please him, which we do at this present; and that the rest of our life hereafter may be pure, and holy; so that at the last we may come to his eternal joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Read Through the Lord’s Prayer, is it written in the singular or plural?
Do you most often pray this prayer as if for yourself, or for yourself and those around you?
Two ideas that come to mind when we address God as Father are ‘Respect’ and ‘Confidence.’
Can you think of others?
Read Matthew 21:28-32 What does this tell us about respect for our Heavenly Father?
Which art in Heaven
Picture heaven as something that is separate from us, but also intimately involved in ruling the world, and also beyond our personal limits.
What does it mean to call on the Father in Heaven?
Read Matthew 5:43-48 What does this tell us about a Heavenly father’s perspective?
Is the shape of the prayer designed to remind God of Who He is, or us of Who God is?
What are your best ideas of what it means to be hallowed?
If a holy thing is something separate and set apart, what connection can you draw to the idea of God or His name being Hallowed?
Protestants are less likely to call items, crosses or bibles as ‘holy’ meaning they have special powers, (it is a more Roman Catholic idea that we could repel a vampire with a crucifix.)
Are we consistent in this attitude? What about the Holy Land? The Church Sanctuary?
Hallowed be your Name
What is your best understanding of the importance of God’s name?
Does this make better sense if we imagine a time when the king’s name was respected as part of his authority and as representing the nation as a whole?
Do our present day politicians enjoy that sort of respect?
Read Matthew 5:14-16
In what way are we to participate in the Hallowing of God’s name?