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Preaching Series on the Lord's Prayer
Matthew 6:9-13 Commentary
by Craig R. Koester
The Lord’s Prayer has a central place in Christian worship.
The plural “our” is used throughout, so that those giving voice to the prayer acknowledge both the presence of God and their connection to a wider praying community. The first three petitions focus the worshipers’ attention on God. The remaining petitions turn to “our” needs, asking God to help all of “us.”
Our Father in Heaven Week 1 begins with the address, “Our Father in heaven.” Prayer is not so much language about God as it is speaking to God. To pray is to risk speaking to a God who is unseen and yet real. To pray is to recognize that God is different from us. God is “in heaven” above, whereas the praying person is on earth below. God is “another” and we are not God. Yet Jesus invites us to call upon God as Father. Theologically, we do so because God, as Father, has created us and given us life. Through Jesus the Son, we are redeemed as children of God. Through the Spirit, God evokes the faith that enables ...
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2020-21 Readings (Year 3)
2020-21 Worship Resources
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Narrative Lectionary 086: Preaching Series on the Lord's Prayer
May 26, 2013
Join Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Mary Shore, and Craig Koester for "I Love to Tell the Story," a conversation on the narrative lectionary. This podcast covers a five-week preaching series on the Lord's Prayer.