Jean’s Gospel: Introducing “The Lord’s Prayer”

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  1. Babylon's Dread says:

    Great project… I hope it goes well

  2. Jean says:

    Thank you BD. 🙂

  3. Em ... again says:

    was going to say what BD just posted … from experience of many, many years i can attest to the fact that even when one doesn’t much want to, when you begin “Our” Father, you’re already launched on the right track with the very first word out of your soul
    just show us the simple genius of what our Lord has gifted us with in this short instruction and, oh my! how you will bless us, Jean

  4. Jean says:

    “even when one doesn’t much want to, when you begin “Our” Father, you’re already launched on the right track with the very first word out of your soul”

    Indeed, EM. That is quotable itself. Thank you, EM!

  5. Michael says:

    We pray the Lord’s Prayer as a church family at the conclusion of every service.
    It is full of meaning and expectation, an excellent way to begin a new week.
    i think it will become an excellent daily devotional as Jean unpacks it for us…

  6. Nonnie says:

    I love this Jean! i learned the Lord’s Prayer as a little child in the Episcopal church. It meant so much to me as a young child. I don’t believe I ever heard it prayed aloud in my evangelical church life other than, as the pastor taught through the Bible and we came to those verses, the pastor saying that Jesus wasn’t telling us to literally pray this prayer but it was a guide to prayer and had important insights about God.
    However, in the past 6 or 7 years, that beautiful prayer has become a standard in my prayer life. I’ll be looking forward to your writing about it. Thank you!!

  7. Jean says:

    Michael,
    I love your picture selection.

  8. Michael says:

    Jean,

    This one was tough…trying to find a graphic that didn’t break the Second Commandment. 🙂

  9. Jean says:

    Thank you Nonnie. Your comment reminds me of something the late pastor and author Andrew Murray wrote concerning The Lord’s Prayer:

    “So simple that the child can lisp it, so divinely rich that it comprehends all that God can give.”

  10. Xenia says:

    I look forward to reading the forthcoming installments. Good job!

  11. Owen says:

    Sounds like a wonderful undertaking, Jean. At our church, we pray it at the end of the prayers.
    Looking forward to reading your thoughts. It’s helpful to hear you share your difficulties with prayer, I have to admit to some of the same struggles.
    You mentioned as the purpose of the book , to expose the Lord’s Prayer to those who may not have grown up with it. I would like to add that I think it will also expose the Lord’s Prayer to those who have it burned into their brains but have never considered it to be anything more than another rite performed in church. I think you’re doing a good thing on both counts.

  12. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    Good article – I find that I pray more in the pattern of Jonah than I do Jesus.

  13. Michael says:

    I think this is critical for a lot of us.
    I’m so overwhelmed these days that my main prayer is the one Xenia taught us… “Lord have mercy”.

    It’s wonderful…but there is more to be said, more to be heard.

    May the Lord give us ears to hear what the Spirit says through these teachings…

  14. CostcoCal says:

    Thank you, Jean! That was very uplifting.

  15. Owen says:

    “May the Lord give us ears to hear what the Spirit says through these teachings…”

    Amen to that, Michael…

  16. Em ... again says:

    Jean, “There were many reasons and excuses for my failure to regularly pray: procrastination; impatience; busyness; inability to organize my thoughts (especially around traumatic events); ” amen – reason and excuse – good distinction as reason is not synonymous with excuse… there are reasons that are valid – IMHO – sometimes we cannot organize our thoughts – all we can do, at best, is cry out, “Oh, Lord Jesus!” or, if not totally traumatized, “Lord have mercy”…on the other hand, don’t think that He isn’t blessed when we are able to express ourselves through a frame of reference of wisdom learned from Him (by the work of the Holy Spirit)

    with that i’ll bow out of this discussion thread… and watch for God as He guides into all wisdom and spiritual understanding

    de-pontificated, but praying – Em 🙂

  17. Paul A. Lytton says:

    Sometimes when I pray, I ask the Holy Spirit to speak to God the Father for me in His own way and translate to God what I mean when I want to be accepted as being totally honest about whatever needs to be addressed at that time. I am silent and still, for a couple of minutes and allow the Spirit to choose whatever I should be emphasizing. I believe the Spirit knows me better than I do.

    I am serious but just curious if you consider this as being okay, or just a cop-out?

  18. Jean says:

    Paul,

    Our heavenly Father knows what we need before we ask Him. He doesn’t need the Holy Spirit to translate to God what you mean.

    What a prayer consists of is a thanksgiving and/or supplication made in faith to your Father, in the name of Jesus, with confidence that He will both hear you and grant you that which is in accordance with His will.

    It is true that we don’t know what to pray for as we ought, and in those cases the Spirit intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. But Paul also says: “For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays but my mind is unfruitful. What am I to do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will pray with my mind also;”

    So where this all leads is to my advice that you are a perfect example of someone who can derive great benefits from praying The Lord’s Prayer. The Lord’s Prayer will organize your thoughts in a God pleasing manner as you pray to your Father in heaven. Jesus gave us His prayer because he knows our weaknesses regarding prayer.

  19. Paul A. Lytton says:

    I am slightly confused. Is not the Holy Spirit an intercessor for us? That is what I was told by a preacher.

  20. Paige says:

    Thank you Jean for a wonderful article. I look forward to reading additional installments as you report on your project.

    I love “The Lord’s Prayer”… and speak it often through the day… and linger at the “Your will be done”…. and add the request for His Will in whatever situation I am concerned about.

    That is my desire in all things, The Will of God.

    I can remember praying the Lord’s Prayer at Calvary Costa Mesa and also at Applegate… and at my former church in SoO as well. I find the collective speaking to be comforting, strengthening and uniting.

  21. JoelG says:

    Thank you for this Jean. This is a great comfort that we can pray Gods will in the midst of a broken life living in a scary world. Lord help us all pray and live your will in a world that needs you Jesus.

  22. Paul A. Lytton says:

    Jean regarding #18,

    And the Holy Spirit helps us in our distress. For we don’t even know what we should pray for, not how we should pray. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will.
    Romans 8:26, 27 NLT

    Is this not what I was referring to in my # 17?

    I do not intend to argue I just don’t know why it is wrong for me to do this.

  23. Jean says:

    Thank you Paige and Joel.

    The encouragement from this community is amazing and humbling.

  24. covered says:

    Nice work Jean. Much to consider and a bit convicting. It’s the waiting to hear back from Him that I struggle with…

  25. Jean says:

    Paul,
    I acknowledged the Romans 8 text in my comment 18. Yes, the Holy Spirit intercedes for all Christians. However, God also wants us to pray to Him with our minds using words. I will flesh this out in the weeks ahead. Please stay with the series and let’s continue the discussion.

  26. Jean says:

    Thank you covered!

  27. JD says:

    Jean,
    I love the prayer also when set to music, both in the traditional rendering, and a contemporary version of which I know of one, written by a CC worship leader. I hope your book explores this aspect also, as it can be a particularly beautiful time of worship as well as prayer.

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