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Let me begin by asking – “How often should we pray the Lord’s prayer?” Ever thought about this? One way to answer this is to ask:

  • How often do you need forgiveness?
  • Or, how often do you want to ask to be spared difficult times of testing?
  • Or even more specifically – how often do you need daily bread? (Hint – “daily”).

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We are looking at the final petition of the Lord’s prayer today. To understand this request we need to understand how  testing works – so I want to go over this briefly. First we look at . . .

Who is involved in testing

1. God. God “leads” us into testing. This comes to us from the Lord’s prayer (Luke 11:4). If God didn’t lead us into testing, there would be no need to ask for him not to do this. And, of course, there are numerous examples of God testing people in scripture – (e.g. Deuteronomy 8:2; Genesis 22:1; Job 1-2).  (more…)

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Forgive Us

Today we look at the fourth petition of the Lord’s prayer. It comes to us in two slightly different forms:

Matthew 6:12 – “And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven those indebted to us”

Luke 11:4 – “And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us”

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Daily Bread

We are back to the Lord’s prayer today – talking about what it means to ask God for daily bread. We are moving into the second section of the prayer. Remember, section one focuses on God’s agenda, while section two focuses on our needs. And the petition for daily bread begins this second section.

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We are beginning today to look at the first section of the Prayer of Jesus and we begin with the first request – “hallowed be your name.” This is probably the least understood request of the whole prayer and so I want us to spend some time looking at this and what it means.

The meaning of the request

1.  First of all, this is not an offering of praise to God – ‘Father, we hallow your name,’ so that we begin our prayer with a praise, (which is good to do, but that’s not what this is). It is, rather, a petition to God. We are asking God to do something.

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