Biblical Studies

The Prayer of All Time

Throughout history, the Lord’s Prayer has inspired statesmen, philosophers, writers, and even scientists (as can be seen by the famous quote by biologist Rupert Sheldrake).

How many times have you recited the “Our Father”? Hundreds? Thousands?

Have you meditated on this prayer?

The first time that God is referred to as a Father in the Bible is when God tells Moses to say to Pharaoh,

‘Thus says the LORD, Israel is my firstborn son, and I say to you, “Let my son go that he may serve me.” … Exodus 4:22-23

N. T. Wright, in The Lord and His Prayer,  writes that

“When Jesus tells his disciples to call God ‘Father’, then, those with ears to hear will understand. He wants us to get ready for the new Exodus. We are going to be free at last. This is the Advent hope, the hope of the coming of the Kingdom of God.” (p. 4)

Jesus proclaimed that He was ushering in the Kingdom, “Repent, the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Matthew 4:17

With that Kingdom in our hearts and spirits, God’s will is being accomplished, and His name is being revered and hallowed in our lives. It’s a process. We’re still in the desert on our way to the Promised Land.

“I think the Lord’s Prayer is a very powerful prayer. And the prayer of St. Francis.” – Dennis Kucinich

Jesus is supplying us with our daily spiritual and physical needs, for He is the manna from heaven, the Living Bread, the Bread of Life. John 6:51

We’re still stumbling in this wilderness, and we sin.

We cannot pay the debt we owe for the wrongs we have committed against God, for one sin deserves death. Our Savior, Jesus, took our debts, our sins, upon Himself and paid the price for our debts.

“He himself, the carpenter, was called to take wood and nails to accomplish the real Exodus, the real defeat of evil.” (N.T. Wright, The Lord and His Prayer,  p. 6)

Jesus was a carpenter. I wonder if Jesus thought of the cross each time He took a piece of wood in His hands to carve a yoke for an oxen or create a table for a family’s home? I wonder if He winced when He hammered a nail into that wood?

“The third clause of the Lord’s Prayer is repeated daily by millions who have not the slightest intentions of letting any will be done except their own.” – Aldous Huxley

Jesus Christ gave His all for us on the cross. How can we not forgive the debts of others? Jesus paid the price for their debts, too. Eternity awaits … eternity with my Savior and Friend.

“I still say the Lord’s Prayer every day. It covers a lot of ground in our relation to the world.” – Rupert Sheldrake

Jesus is taking His friends, His followers by the hand and keeping us in His right hand as He leads us through the valley of the shadow of death. Although we may be surrounded by darkness and evil, He prepares a table before our enemies. He will not leave us, and He is praying for us. He will not lead us into any trial or temptation that we cannot withstand, and He will keep us from the evil one.

Surely goodness and mercy will follow us all the days of our life.

For God’s is the kingdom; His is the power, and His is the glory forever! Amen.

What has The Lord’s Prayer meant to you? If you have a favorite quote on the Lord’s Prayer that we haven’t included in this list, please feel free to share it with us on our Facebook or Google+ page.


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