The Lord’s Prayer (Introduction)

Today’s Sunday devotional features the Lord’s Prayer found in Luke 11:1-13, a prayer so familiar for many people that we easily forget how challenging it is.

The prayer puts God first and ourselves last, whilst acknowledging our need of him in all areas of our lives. What a different world we would live in if everyone who recited it lived it.

“Father,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come, your will be done,
Give us each day our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins,
for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.
And lead us not into temptation.”

To pray ‘Your kingdom come, your will be done’ must begin in us, we must answer the prayer ourselves by allowing his will in our lives, otherwise the words are meaningless.

So, a simple question for us all today, how can we receive God’s forgiveness for ourselves if we have an unforgiving spirit towards others within us?

Interestingly, the prayer has something to say to people of all faiths and (I would contend) none. Why not have a fresh look at this prayer? Imagine you are praying it for the first time, you might be surprised.

See also:

The Lord’s Prayer 1

The Lord’s Prayer 2

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