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Lords Prayer,

Lords Prayer,

the prayer which Jesus taught his disciples. ( Matthew 6:9-13 ; Luke 11:2-4 ) "In this prayer our Lord shows his disciples how an infinite variety of wants and requests can be compressed into a few humble petitions. It embodies every possible desire of a praying heart, a whole world of spiritual requirements; yet all in the most simple, condensed and humble form, resembling, in this respect, a pearl on which the light of heaven plays." --Lange. "This prayer contains four great general sentiments, which constitute the very soul of religion, --sentiments which are the germs of all holy deeds in all worlds. (1) Filial reverence : God is addressed not as the great unknown, not as the unsearchable governor, but as a father, the most intelligible, attractive and transforming name. It is a form of address almost unknown to the old covenant, now an then hinted at as reminding the children of their rebellion. ( Isaiah 1:2 ); Mali 1:6 or mentioned as a last resource of the orphan and desolate creature, ( Isaiah 63:16 ) but never brought out in its fullness, as indeed it could not be, till he was come by whom we have received the adoption of sons." --Alford. (2) "Divine loyalty : Thy kingdom come. (3) Conscious dependence : Give us this day, etc. (4) Unbounded confidence : For thine is the power, etc." --Dr. Thomas Genius of the Gospels. The doxology, "For thine is the kingdom" etc., is wanting in many manuscripts. It is omitted in the Revised Version; but it nevertheless has the authority of some manuscripts, and is truly biblical, almost every word being found in ( 1 Chronicles 29:11 ) and is a true and fitting ending for prayer.


Bibliography Information

Smith, William, Dr. "Entry for 'Lords Prayer,'". "Smith's Bible Dictionary". . 1901.