CS Lewis once said that there are two types of people in the world; People who say to God, “Your will be done” and people to whom God says instead, “Your will be done”. Which type are you? And what does it matter? This Sunday we look at the line “Your will be done” in Jesus’ epic prayer, “The Lord’s Prayer”.
The Lord's Prayer
Without a doubt, “The Lord’s Prayer” is the most famous prayer ever prayed. Many churches pray it together in their services each week as part of their liturgy. People often recite it at funerals and at significant moments in their lives. Just a couple decades ago, it was recited in schools across Canada every morning. It is a very familiar prayer to religious and non-religious people alike. But what is the point of this prayer? And why does it matter so much? How could praying it, as Jesus instructed us to, shape the way we live our lives and grow our connection to Christ as we aim to follow Him each and every day?
Join us at The Gathering this January – March as we explore this epic prayer together!
In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus instructed us to pray that God’s “Kingdom Come”. So what is God’s Kingdom? And why would Jesus ask us to pray for it to come? How might God want to use this section of the Lord’s Prayer to impact our lives and the lives of those around us?
The word “Hallowed” isn’t used all that much in today’s world unless we’re talking about “Halloween”. But of course, that’s not how Jesus used this word when He used it in the “Lord’s Prayer”. In instructing us to pray “Hallowed Be Your Name”, Jesus was talking about something much more sacred and specific than "Halloween”. So what does it mean? And why should we pray “Hallowed be Your name?”
Fathers. We all have them, even if we don’t know them. Some of them are great, some of them aren’t so great. It’s what, for some people, makes “The Lord’s Prayer” so difficult to pray; approaching God as our Heavenly Father. “Our Father in Heaven”. How does seeing God as our Father have the potential to change our prayers and our lives?
Part of the challenge with “The Lord’s Prayer” is that is so familiar. We think that we know it just because we have it memorized and have heard it so many times. However, there is a big difference between reciting this prayer and actually praying this prayer deeply from the heart. So what would it look like if we actually prayed as Jesus taught us to pray?