Preached on Matthew 6:1-18 on Sunday which includes the Lord’s Prayer. One thing I hadn’t noticed before is how closely linked the prayer is to the Beatitudes.
|Our Father in Heaven… Your Kingdom Come||Blessed are the poor in Spirit/persecuted for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven|
|Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven||Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth|
|Give us this day our daily bread||Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness|
|Forgive our debts as we forgive those who||Blessed are the Merciful…|
|Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil||Blessed are the pure in heart|
It confirms that the Lord’s prayer is particularly tailored for members of Jesus’ new Kingdom. It also raises the question of whether ‘daily bread’ is to be understood exclusively as a request for physical needs, or whether there is an element of the bread of the word of God in the request too.