Monday, 19 May 2014

Special Character, Term 2 Week 2, 2014


The Lord’s Prayer is the prayer Jesus gave to His disciples when they asked him to teach them how to pray.  It appears in Matthew’s Gospel and in Luke’s Gospel in slightly different forms.  It also resembles a traditional Jewish family prayer and has references to passages from the Old Testament.

The Lord’s Prayer is a prayer of PETITION – of asking.  The first three petitions are about God and the second four are about people. 

Our Father in heaven,
Introduction: A way of addressing God
Hallowed be your name
1st Petition: May God’s name be recognised as holy.
Your kingdom come,
May God’s kingdom be present on earth.
Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
May (we help) God’s will be done on earth. 

Give us this day our daily bread,
Please give us our basic survival needs.
And forgive us our sins, As we forgive those who sin against us,
The way we forgive others will be how we can expect God to forgive our sins.
Save us from the time of trial
In the alternative version of the Our Father this is, “delivery us from evil,” – it means save us from the test of temptation, may we make the right choices when tempted.
And deliver us from evil
Save us from evil – all the bad things that could befall us both material and spiritual.

This prayer pretty much has everything covered!

Lorraine Frances-Rees, Co-DRS

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