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New City Catechism - Question 41
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Posted by Josiah Kenniv, Worship Director

 

New City Catechism - Question 41

 

Q40: What is the Lord’s Prayer?

A: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

 

Kids' Answer: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

 

SCRIPTURE TO MEMORIZE:

Matthew 6:9-13

Pray then like this: 'Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

 

Additional Scriptures to Read:

Luke 11:1-9; Isaiah 29:23; Acts 21:14; Proverbs 30:8-9; Mark 14:37-38

 

LIFE APPLICATION:

During the years of Jesus’s ministry on earth the disciples witnessed the many miracles, teachings, and daily practices of Christ. Jesus’s constant communion with the Father through prayer prompted one of his disciples to ask in Luke 11:1 “Lord, teach us to pray…”. It is out of this question that we received what is now called the Lord’s Prayer as recorded in Matthew 6 and Luke 11.

 

This prayer reveals several observations about God and man. When we pray “Our Father” we are reminded that the timeless Creator of all things is our Father in heaven. Not only are we His children but this Father is also our King who is sovereign over all things (“your kingdom come, your will be done”). As we continue reading we are reminded by the phrase “hallowed be your name” that we ought to be worshippers of our Father and King. Our greatest joy in Christ is when we strive to make the name of God famous throughout the earth.

 

As Christians we often forget that even within the Lord’s Prayer we are instructed to be fully dependent on God for our daily needs. Christ calls our prayer life to reflect our utter dependency on God for “our daily bread.” Daily dependence on God extends beyond the physical “bread” needs for each day, but include massive spiritual needs as well. In our sinful fallen state, we are in constant need of forgiveness from God. Christ reminds us that even when we sin against our Father and King we can ask for forgiveness.

Until Christ’s second coming this prayer reminds us that we are engaged in a spiritual battle against the forces of evil. Satan seeks to cause us to fall into sin through temptation and Christ combats this by calling us to pray to our Father and King for protection and deliverance. As we live each day in the power of the Holy Spirit, let our lives reflect our dependence on God as we seek to make His name famous in all the earth.



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