Bishop Paul Barker is visiting BAC soon… and traditionally young people have prepared to meet the Bishop in confirmation class where they memorise and learn to explain three key Christian documents; the Ten Commandments, the Apostle’s Creed and the Lord’s Prayer. We thought it would be good for all of us to have a refresh – continuing this week with the Lord’s Prayer.
Why should you pray the Lord’s Prayer?
When his disciples asked him how to pray Jesus taught them the Lord’s Prayer (Luke 11:1-4). It is a pattern of prayer that trains us in how to have fellowship with God.
Why Pray ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name’?
I begin praying by acknowledging who I am praying to, and remember that we are adopted as God’s children through faith in Christ. To ‘hallow’ God’s name is to honour him as holy, and desire that all people everywhere may truly revere and worship him.
Why pray ‘Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven’?
I ask that the rightful reign of God would be restored over all the world and in the hearts of his people through the operation of his Holy Spirit. I also pray for God to extend his grace to others and society through me and through the church.
Why pray ‘Give us today our daily bread’?
I ask that God would supply everything that I need for my personal well-being, such as food and clothing, homes and families, work and health, friends and neighbours, and peace and godly governance. I also pray for the needs of others and the church.
Why pray ‘Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us’?
Here I examine my life, and ask God to forgive all my sins through Jesus Christ. And I forgive others, by choosing to extend to them the love of Christ, and by not to holding against them any hurts they have inflicted, whether they ask forgiveness or not.
Why pray ‘Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil’?
Here I ask that God would protect me against temptation, or the ‘trials’ of the world, our sinful hearts, and the Devil, all of which are enemies of God and of our spiritual well-being. I also ask God to protect and deliver me and others from all earthly dangers, sorrows and sicknesses.
Ben Soderlund – Assistant Minister