Living Out the Scripture: The Lord's Prayer

Awhile back Ferdando Gros wrote a short post naming some of his favorite passages of Scripture, it’s based on a meme Andy Goodliff started back in July. Those tagged are asked to: “Post that verse or story of scripture which is important to you, which you find yourself re-visiting time after time.”

It took me awhile to figure out which one I wanted to post, yes I have a number of passages of Scripture that really stand out to me but I wanted to choose the one passage that continues to shape my faith. That one passage I’ve chosen is the Lord’s Prayer (I’ve quoted Matthew’s version for this post). This passage of the disciple’s prayer given by Jesus is something I’ve written extensively on in the past and it continues to be a pray for me in all occasions. It’s simplicity and depth help me to focus my petitions and have helped to guide my life.

Matt. 6:7-8 “When you are praying, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

Matt. 6:9-13 “Pray then in this way:

Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name.

Your kingdom come.

Your will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our debts,

as we also have forgiven our debtors.

And do not bring us to the time of trial,

but rescue us from the evil one.


People I’d like to tag for the meme:
Shawn Anthony
Ben Gray
Shawn Blanc
Jarrod McKenna
Amy Kaheral

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Wess

...is the William R. Roger Director of Friends Center and Quaker Studies at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC., PhD in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary, served as a "released minister" at Camas Friends Church, and father of three. He enjoys sketchnoting, sharing conversation over coffee with a friend, listening to vinyl and writing creative nonfiction.

8 thoughts on “Living Out the Scripture: The Lord's Prayer”

  1. For me Wess there are a number of passages, Including the Lord’s prayer but since you already put a few of mine:
    Philippians 3:7-12

    “But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith. I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.”

    I love this passage so much. In my struggle to overcome my addiction to be less than who I was created to be, this passage I find so moving. Paul’s humility and craziness of a changed violent fanatic into a nonviolent fanatic. 🙂 It can be hard turning your back on mainstream success for the craziness of following Jesus. And this passage, Paul’s sence of of being caught up in God’s desire for all of creation that has started in Christ, I find so moving… I want my life to speak of take hold of the transformation of all things that Christ Jesus has taken hold of us for.

    Another one for me is:
    Habakkak 2:14

    “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of YHVH, as the waters cover the sea.”

    Another passage which I find so moving, that I find myself thinking about daily, in the garden, in community with local kids, running workshops… that the the flood of transforming glory has started in Jesus and longs to flood all of creation.

    Peace with bro,
    jarrod

  2. Jarrod,
    thanks for throwing these up there. You’re right, that Philippians passage is incredible. Philippians is definately one of my favorite books of all time.

    And I think I might hang that Hab. verse up in our garden!

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