The Lord’s Prayer is one of the greatest xpressions of the will of Jesus. With his inaugural address at Nazareth (Luke 4:17-18) and the rest of the Sermon on the Mount (Matt 5-7), the Matthew 6 record of this prayer sums up Jesus’ teachings and ministry. In less than 60 words it set out his agenda. A well-known prayer the Pharisees prayed three times a day was ten times as long. While each request in Jesus’ prayer is a plea for help, each also challenges the one who prays to act, reminding us how God often works through us instead of always simply doing things for us. This prayer also sets forth principles of prayer: brevity, simplicity, inclusiveness, dedication and humility. Because the Lord’s Prayer—particularly the King James Version of Matthew 6:9-13—is so familiar to us, most of us have not taken time to study or understand it.
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This is a good resource for individual or small group Bible study of a very familiar, but important passage of scripture.