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Justice and Reconciliation Prayer Devotions

Based on Matthew 6:9-13 (the Lord’s Prayer)

Introduction

This devotional series offers brief reflections and prayers centered on each of the lines in the Lord’s Prayer, as recorded in Matthew 6:9-13. The devotions look at the Lord’s Prayer with a lens of justice and reconciliation. They also use the Lord’s Prayer as a model for prayer itself. A diverse group of writers contributed devotions for this series, each author providing a unique perspective. 

How we can learn from the Lord’s Prayer

Jesus believed in prayer! His whole life demonstrated a serious commitment to prayer. Spending time with God the Father was one of his greatest joys during his earthly ministry. Through Jesus’s teaching and by his example, his disciples and followers learned the importance of prayer and fasting. When his disciples asked him to teach them to pray, Jesus gave them (and us) the Lord’s Prayer as a model. It resembles other prayers that came out of the Jewish matrix of Jesus’s time and contains three common elements of Jewish prayers: praise, petition, and a yearning for the coming of God’s kingdom to earth.

Related resource: What Is the Lord’s Prayer? | Breaking Down How Jesus Teaches Prayer

Devotions

Justice and Reconciliation Devotions

“Our Father in Heaven” (Matthew 6:9a) Justice and Reconciliation Devotion

Every tribe, nation, and generation shares one heavenly Father
Justice and Reconciliation Devotions

“Hallowed Be Your Name” (Matthew 6:9b) Justice and Reconciliation Devotion

The Lord's name serves God much like our names serve us
Justice and Reconciliation Devotions

“Your Kingdom Come” (Matthew 6:10a) Justice and Reconciliation Devotion

What does it mean to collaborate with God in building God’s kingdom in the midst of racism?
A group of people journeying across mountains and hills and a desert terrain akin to the Exodus
Justice and Reconciliation Devotions
“Your Will Be Done, On Earth As It Is In Heaven” (Matthew 6:10b) Justice and Reconciliation Devotion
Three loaves of bread and grain
Justice and Reconciliation Devotions
“Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread” (Matthew 6:11) Justice and Reconciliation Devotion
"Until debt tear us apart" written on a brick wall
Justice and Reconciliation Devotions
“Forgive Us Our Debts” (Matthew 6:12a) Justice and Reconciliation Devotion
photo of concrete high-rise buildings
Justice and Reconciliation Devotions
“As We Also Have Forgiven Our Debtors” (Matthew 6:12b) Justice and Reconciliation Devotion
black and brown lamp turned on during nighttime
Justice and Reconciliation Devotions
“Do Not Bring Us to the Time of Trial” (Matthew 6:13a) Justice and Reconciliation Devotion
Person paging through a Bible
Justice and Reconciliation Devotions
“But Rescue Us from the Evil One” (Matthew 6:13b) Justice and Reconciliation Devotion
Silhouette of a man with elbows on his knees and hands folded in prayer
Justice and Reconciliation Devotions
“For Yours Is the Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory” Justice and Reconciliation Devotion