An Exploration of The Lord’s Prayer – Blog Series – Part Nine
The Lord’s Prayer is a beloved portion of Scripture in the church and in the individual lives of believers. Its devotional and liturgical use have been a timeless and proven teaching, guide, source of comfort, and consolation to Christians for centuries. Christ’s prayer has been written into multiple song lyrics, poems, books, and other such forms of use.
The Lord’s Prayer is an incredible reminder of the deep communicative relationship that God encourages His children to have with Him, as they participate in the Kingdom of God ushered into this world by Christ Jesus.
N.T. Wright boldly says, “This is the risky, crazy prayer of submission and commission…the prayer of subversion and conversion. It is the way we sign on for the work of the Kingdom. It is the way we retune our instruments, to play God’s oratorio for the world to sing” (Wright 1997, 270).
Throughout this blog series and exploratory survey, this beautiful instruction on prayer increased one’s understanding of the original background and framework, the connection and correlation with one’s own spiritual life, and relationship with God in Christ Jesus.
The individual believer and the church community can use the wonderful words of Matthew 6:5-15 to strengthen, encourage, inspire, and remind that “Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matt 6:10 NRSV).
The Holy God who created the world, who sustains the world, who provides our daily needs, who forgives our sins, is the same God who sent Christ Jesus to restore, reclaim, reconcile, and clothe us in His righteousness; and He wants us to intimately and privately speak with Him and commune with Him in prayer.
Bibliography for this blog series:
Blomberg, Craig. 1992. Matthew. The New American Bible Commentary. Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishing Group.
Chouinard, Larry. 1997. Matthew. The College Press NIV Commentary. Joplin, MO: College Press Publishing Company.
France, R.T. 1985. Matthew. Tyndale New Testament Commentary. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.
Hare, Douglas R. A. Matthew. Interpretation. Louisville, KY: John Knox Press.
McKnight, Scot. 2013. Sermon on the Mount. The Story of God Bible Commentary. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
Mounce, Robert H. 1991. Matthew. Understanding the Bible Commentary Series. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Publishing Group.
Wilkins, Michael J. 2004. Matthew. The NIV Application Commentary. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
Wright, N.T. 1997. “Thy Kingdom Come: Living the Lord’s Prayer.” Christian Century. Volume 114. Pages 268-270. Online: ATLA Database.
Wright, N.T. 2004. Matthew For Everyone: Part 1. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press.