"Psalm 23," John August Swanson. Used by permission from the artist.
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Preaching Series on the Lord's Prayer
Introduction to Year 3 (2016-2017)
Luke 11:2-4 Commentary
by Meda Stamper
[This is Week 4 of a 4-week preaching series on the Lord's Prayer]
Week Four: Our Needs
With the fourth petition, we are invited to turn to God in the small (relative to the coming of the kingdom! Luke 4:4) but urgent matters of our lives and, like the ravens and lilies, learn to trust in the Father’s mercies new every morning because the Father knows already what we need (12:22-24, 29-31). The prayer recognizes that we do need the essentials of life day by day, but only enough, not dangerous excess. Inherent in the petition is a hope that we will neither fret nor hoard, but beyond that is a desire to be so fully present in the small day-to-day things of life that we will be able to sense Jesus’ presence even in the breaking of our bread (22:19; 24:30-35).
Forgiveness appears as a key theme throughout Luke (e.g., 1:77; 3:3; 7:36-50; 24:47). “Release,” another translation of the word for “forgiveness,” appears twice in Jesus’ mission statement (4:18) in release for the captives and the oppressed. Forgiveness is ...
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NL230: Preaching Series on the Lord's Prayer
September 04, 2016
This podcast discusses the four-week summer preaching series on the Lord's Prayer, Aug. 14 - Sept. 4, 2016.