Posts Tagged: Lord’s Prayer

031316 – The Way of Forgiveness

Debts, trespasses, or sins–how does the word we choose to pray affect our experience of praying The Lord’s Prayer? If debt is closer to the way in which Jesus might have offered this prayer, how does that shape our understanding of the petition, “Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors”? And when it… Read more

030616 – Bread of Life, Here and Now

Give us this day our daily bread.  It’s here the prayer takes a turn, with a focus on something we understand:  bread.  Or do we?  Through the centuries Christians have reflected on this petition, with varied conclusions.  Listen as we dig into what Paul Ricoeur called the surplus of meaning within the metaphor of daily… Read more

022816 – On Earth as in Heaven

If there was any doubt about the radical nature of the Lord’s Prayer, the petitions “Your kingdom come, Your will be done” make clear the prayer has a universal scope. What are we asking when we pray for God’s Kingdom on earth? What is Jesus demanding of us when we pray for God’s will to… Read more

022116 – Hallowed Be Your Name

In churches around the world the Lord’s prayer is introduced with words close to these, “As our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to say…Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.” Why would we need boldness to pray a prayer, so common in Christian worship, known and beloved by untold numbers? N.T…. Read more