"Psalm 23," John August Swanson. Used by permission from the artist.
Image © by John August Swanson. Artwork held in the Luther Seminary Fine Arts Collection, St. Paul, Minn.
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Preaching Series on the Lord's Prayer
Luke 11:2-4 Commentary
by Meda Stamper
The prayer Jesus teaches in Luke 11:2-4 follows the pattern of the commandment to love God with heart, soul, strength, and mind and our neighbors as ourselves (Luke 10:27). Only after the prayer is grounded in God’s person and reign do we move to requests that reflect our personal needs, our relationships with our neighbors, and the struggles of our own souls.
The WorkingPreacher program suggests four weeks for this text. If you have longer, you may wish to take a Sunday for each petition and possibly one for the address, “Father,” which is immensely rich but also immensely difficult for some. Following the four-week program, I have focused on the grounding of the prayer in our love for God, with a week for the address and for each of the first two petitions, then a week for the three petitions related to love for neighbor and self.
Week One -- The Father
Jesus’ teaching on prayer opens and closes with the Father (Luke 11:2, 13).1 The Father we meet in Luke responds ...
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NL230: Preaching Series on the Lord's Prayer
August 14, 2016
This podcast discusses the four-week summer preaching series on the Lord's Prayer, Aug. 14 - Sept. 4, 2016.