The Lord’s Prayer

11th May

Father, may Your name be kept holy. May Your Kingdom come soon. Give us each day the food we need, and forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us. And don’t let us yield into temptation.

Luke 11:2b-4

In Matthew’s version of the Lord’s prayer, Jesus purposefully expands on the necessity of forgiving others before you come to the Lord in prayer. Although the Lord’s prayer is a model prayer, it is still a good basis for how we should structure our own personal prayers. If Jesus saw it fit to repeat the message about forgiveness, then surely we should be paying attention too! In the Lukan version of the Lord’s prayer teaching, the emphasis is on God being our Heavenly Father, our protector, sustainer and provider.

Jesus in Luke’s account of the Lord’s prayer, alludes our relationship with God to that of a good father and son relationship or a good neighbour/friend relationship. Luke’s version is personal. It shows the personal relationship between God and man. It shows that God is not some far away supreme being that doesn’t take notice of our cares and needs. Jesus highlights that God does care. God wants to provide our needs. However, above all, God wants a relationship with us. He wants us to pour out our needs before Him. He wants us to live pure and undefiled lives because He knows that is best for us. He sent His Son Jesus Christ to forgive our sins and make us right before Him…

All praise to God our Father. All praise to Jesus His Son. And all praise to the Holy Spirit. All work in harmony for us to have a personal and intimate prayer life with the creator of this world, just as a son would talk to his father. God always has ears to listen!