The Lord's Prayer
The prayer that Jesus taught is a simple, supremely effective tool to slice away anything in us that is not humble or sincere. It is the best, most straightforward antidote to all our articulate spiritual nonsense. Over time, it makes us real.
This resource dives deep into one of the treasures of the Christian tradition: the Lord’s Prayer. With a mix of reflections written by Brothers and meditation prompts for you to answer, this is a resource to deepen your own prayer life or to share in a group. We hope you’ll join us in reflecting on the prayer that Jesus taught, and experience firsthand its power to make us real.
Interactive Lord's Prayer
We invite you to deepen your experience of the Lord's Prayer, verse by verse, with these prompts for further reflection, journalling, discussion, or prayer.
What does the pronoun “our” invite in you and for you?
Jesus teaches us, “your Father already knows what you need before you ask him.” So why is Jesus praying? Why are you?
Where do you see signs of God’s Kingdom here on earth?
How are you being called by God to be an answer to Jesus’ prayer that God’s “kingdom come...will be done, on earth as in heaven”?
Think about your daily routine. Where in your day do you feel a sense of contentment, fulfillment, or satiation? What are you doing? Who are you with? Describe the experience.
Imagine your day without this experience. How do you feel? What does your body need? Bring this to God in prayer.
Where do you need to seek forgiveness today?
Whom and what do you need to forgive to unburden yourself – and them?
Did you learn this line of the prayer as “Save us from the time of trial” or “Lead us not into temptation”? Which petition resonates more with you now, and why?
What trials or temptations are you wrestling with? Pray to Jesus, your Savior, about them.
The Lord’s Prayer invites us to pray not just for ourselves, but for others. With whom do you bind yourself in prayer? Pray for their deliverance.
Where does the evil in our world confront your heart? Give it to God in prayer.
Where are you in touch with God’s power and God’s glory?
How can you channel them in your life?
As humans made in God’s image, we co-create with God , building up the Kingdom, using God’s power, and reflecting God’s glory. How might you offer yourself more fully to God in this?
Offer to God a promise or a prayer about right “now.”
Offer a promise or prayer about the future, God’s “forever.”
“Jesus here regards his disciples not as his servants, but as his friends. They are his peers. They share the same prayer. He doesn’t say, “My Father,” or “Your Father.” He says, “Our Father.””
“Many of us are wearied by the changes and the uncertainty of our civil lives, our political communities. I certainly am. But we can take heart, and pray together for the coming of God’s kingdom; it is a hope, big and sturdy enough for us all.”
“We all have needs. We all have hungers. And I think that by identifying them, and in recognizing how these needs affect us physically, we can begin to recapture something of the immediacy and materiality of praying for our daily bread.”
“If forgiveness is one of the most powerful forces for redemption in the Christian faith, unforgiveness is one of the most powerful forces for destruction. Unforgiveness hardens the heart. It magnifies a perceived offense to the point where we can no longer appreciate a person’s value because all we see is how they have grieved us. No wonder the petition about forgiveness – “Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us” – sits at the heart of the Lord’s Prayer.”
“It is quite easy to heap up empty phrases. In such moments, what hope do we have? For me, it is the Lord’s Prayer.”
“In the recitation of the Lord’s Prayer each day, I am reminded that if I turn to God in my moments of temptation, then I, like Jesus, will be able to dismiss temptation’s toxicity, and be fortified and empowered to live into the divine life which God has enabled in me.”
“The Lord’s Prayer unites us, makes us and shapes us into a communion, a community, a commonwealth, where none are left out, left behind, or left alone. In an age of self-interest, taking responsibility for the well-being of another, especially if they are not like us, is a radical act.”