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Hidden Depths in The Lord’s Prayer

In this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the Kingdom, and the power and the glory for ever. Amen.
Matthew 6:9-13 KJV

In her November 2016 Message of the Month, “Our Father”: Unfolding The Lord’s Prayer, Martha reveals hidden depths in The Lord’s Prayer, line by line. As she does so, this seemingly simple prayer’s promises come alive with a richness too many of us have missed. The danger in great familiarity with certain scriptures is that we cease to see what made them so foundational in the first place.

The Lord’s Prayer: Seeing the Forest and Missing the Trees

The Lord’s Prayer is perhaps the most famous passage of scripture after John 3:16. Even unbelievers often recognize it! Yet it would be a mistake to confuse familiarity through memorization with mastery.

“The Lord’s Prayer tells us how Jesus prayed, the order in which He prayed, what the Father wants to do and what He wants to give, how we get to what He wants, and what His priorities are.”
Martha Kilpatrick, “Our Father”: Unfolding The Lord’s Prayer

The moment we think we know something, we cease to look any further in that direction. This is a prideful move when applied to life generally, but it’s especially egregious when that’s how we approach God’s Word. The Holy Spirit can lead us to a single scripture dozens of times and teach us something new with each encounter. The Word of God is a wellspring of eternal love and mystery, the heart of God Himself. To master a single verse is as possible as mastering Elohim, Creator of All. How much of our Father’s abundance are we missing out on because we think we already know what He’s offering?

The hours that Jesus spent alone with His Father were so fruitful that His disciples asked Him to teach them how to pray, too. In that context, what great mysteries and unsearchable riches are contained within the 66 words of The Lord’s Prayer? Are you ready to find out? “Our Father”: Unfolding The Lord’s Prayer will make you hungry for an even deeper experience of the presence of God, just like Jesus had in the wee small hours of the morning when He prayed.

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