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.