I venture to guess that the most recited and well-known prayer in human history is what is commonly called The Lord’s Prayer. It was first spoken by Jesus to his disciples who had asked him to teach them how to pray. It is not a lengthy prayer, but it is filled with powerful declaratory statements, requests, and imagery.
During the six Sundays of Lent we will preach on the Lord’s Prayer in a sermon series entitled, Lord, Teach us to Pray, as we examine its power and meaning. It is something many of us have memorized over time, but do we understand the depth of what it is we are praying? Has it become so routine that we no longer pay attention to the significance of what we often recite together?
Jesus was intent on enabling his closest followers, his hand-picked disciples, to recite The Lord’s Prayer with a clear understanding of what it is they were saying to God. It’s offered to our Heavenly Father with particular requests that God respond accordingly. If we, like the disciples, are going to pray a specific prayer, we better know what it is we are stating and asking for. Our sermon series seeks to explore that.
I hope you will be intentional about joining us in Classic worship, Contemporary worship, or worship at the Genesis campus February 14-March 20 as we go through this sermon series on the prayer our Lord taught his disciples and each one of us to pray.
-Dr. John Robbins