The Lord’s Prayer

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.

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One Response to The Lord’s Prayer

  1. Anthony Douglas says:

    Nice observation. It certainly puts a helpful spin on ‘the blessed life’!

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