For the next month or so we will be exploring the Lord’s Prayer (what we’re calling the Disciple’s prayer) and how it not only shapes our spirituality but our understanding and practice of God’s mission.
If you are journeying with us through this passage, I encourage you to read all of Matthew 6 to place the prayer within the bigger context, and if you’d like to go broader than that you can read all of the Sermon on the Mount: Matthew 5-7.
Here is Matthew’s version of the prayer (which we will be using):
““Pray then in this way: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not bring us to the time of trial, but rescue us from the evil one.” (Matthew 6:9-13 NRSV)
What has been your own experience with the Lord’s Prayer?
Take note of the differences between Matthew and Luke’s versions of the prayer: what do you notice, why do you think they are different, are there important ways in which they are similar or different?
Here is Luke’s version:
“He was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” He said to them, “When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us. And do not bring us to the time of trial.”” (Luke 11:1-4 NRSV)