Theology On The Lord's Prayer

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TRINITY THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY LEGON COURSE CHRISTIAN WORSHIP PROGRAMME BACHELOR OF THEOLOGY NAME DUKE BRU-MINDA INDEX NO BTL1/09/30 TOPIC THEOLOGY OF THE LORD’S PRAYER LECTURER REV. J.M.Y. EDUSA-EYISON DATE 17TH NOVEMBER, 2010 Matthew 6.9-13 (RSV) 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 also have forgiven our debtors; And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. The record of the Lord’s Prayer has been recorded by Matthew and Luke in their account of Jesus Christ. This model of prayer has been part of Christian liturgy and tradition from the very beginning of Christendom. This model of prayer by Jesus Christ has been seen of underline the very theological mission and life of Jesus. Our Father who art in heaven The opening of the prayer, “Our Father who art in heaven” reflects Jesus’ own style of addressing God and which therefore also indicates Jesus’ intention that his disciples should share in his own sense of intimate sonship to God as Father. Jesus in the account of the four Gospels is seen to teach that God is our Father and seeks that kind of relationship with us. The Father-Son relationship of Jesus with the Father is seen in Jesus’ utterances (Mark 8.38; 14.36, Luke 2.49; 10.22, John 1.18; 5.17, 37 etc). Jesus is also seen to say that this Father is our very own Father and thus we should relate to Him likewise (Luke 6.36: 11.13 etc). This Father dwells in heaven (Matthew 5.16, 45; 16.1, 26). The term “Our Father” is from the word “Abba” which carried a more intimate sense of “daddy”. It is a sense of intimacy that Jesus instructs his disciples to relate to God. The use of “our” suggests that we must pray, not only alone and for ourselves, but with and for

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