“Our Father who art in heaven….” We’ve read, memorized, prayed, sang, and spoken those words countless times. But in the midst of our great familiarity with this prayer, could we have missed the point?
The Lord’s Prayer isn’t a lullaby or poem, it’s a desperate, counter-cultural cry for God to glorify his name, right every wrong, and rule over the entire world.
Pray like Jesus. Live like Jesus.
Make your life count. Make his name known.
Speakers and Topics
“Our Father in Heaven”
We were created for intimacy with God — to know him, be with him, abide in him, worship him, and hear from him. We must leave behind all semblances of superficial hypocrisy and perfunctory religion that aims for the approval of others. We must not try to manufacture a heart for God’s mission while missing a heart for God. And we must realize that the work of God’s mission begins on our knees.
“Hallowed Be Your Name”
We pray that God’s name glorified, adored, and honored as holy throughout the whole earth. This isn’t just the driving passion of the Christian’s prayer life, but the Christian’s entire life. We pray and live for the renown of God’s name, no matter the cost, because our holy God is worthy.
“Your Kingdom Come, Your Will Be Done”
Jesus Christ reigns as the high king of heaven. We pray that he would be followed, trusted, and obeyed to the ends of the earth. A Christian who prays for God’s “kingdom to come and will to be done” must live to make disciples among all nations.
“Forgive Us Our Debts”
The world’s greatest need is forgiveness from God and reconciliation with God, a need that can only be met through the life, death, and resurrection of Christ. This gospel is our only hope and the only hope for the nations. We show Christ’s compassion by meeting physical needs (“Give us this day our daily bread”), but we must never ignore the more urgent spiritual need. Christians care about all suffering, especially eternal suffering.
“Lead Us Not Into Temptation”
Surrounded with countless temptations and distractions, Christians are called to fully submit to the lordship and leadership of Jesus. We all have a role to play in God’s glorious, gracious, global plan of redemption. Every one of us must leverage our whole lives for the hallowing of God’s name around the world.