Episode 065 – The Lord’s Prayer Pt 1: Daily, Boldly, Collaboratively

The Lord’s Prayer is the most well-known and well-loved prayer in history. But how well do we know the Lord’s Prayer? Sure, most of us can recite it off the top of our heads (and probably in the King James with its “thy’s” and “art’s”), but do we really understand what Jesus was saying and teaching us when he gave this prayer? I know I sure didn’t. But when I began to understand this prayer in context, I was awestruck by how deep and significant it was. And it compelled me to pray more intentionally, live more faithfully, and love Jesus more fully. My hope is that this series will help you do the same.

Discussion Questions

  • What was your biggest takeaway from the teaching?
  • What has been your history with the Lord’s Prayer? Did you grow up saying it?
  • Prior to this teaching, what have been your thoughts on the Lord’s Prayer?
  • Which aspect of the prayer are you most excited to learn more about?
  • Do you find prayer challenging? How so?
  • With the suggestion for praying this prayer daily, boldly, and collaboratively, how will engage the prayer differently going forward?
  • Are there any other truths from this teaching that you want to begin living out this week?

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8 Comments

  1. Todd May 7, 2019 at 7:22 am - Reply

    Brad,

    Thank you for placing the Lord’s Prayer in context of Jesus’ kingdom mission. I truly appreciate the meaning behind the prayer, however, growing up I raised raised in Roman Catholicism where saying the Lord’s Prayer was expected and for me, this daily ritual of saying the prayer became rote. How do I make this prayer a daily routine again without it becoming ‘routine ‘?

    • Brad Gray May 7, 2019 at 3:27 pm - Reply

      That’s a great question, Todd, and thank you for sharing that. As the series unfolds, I think you’ll be able to easily find ways to not make it become routine. But I am going to offer some ideas during the series. So stay tuned.

  2. Chris Decker May 7, 2019 at 7:15 pm - Reply

    The Lord’s Prayer was one of the 1st teaching series I taught on after becoming a pastor 4 years ago. It was one of my favorites and have been wanting to go back and dig into it more and see what God reveals to me now. Needless to say I was pretty excited to hear that The Lord’s Prayer was going to be a teaching series.

    I’ve always looked a the Lord’s prayer as how to pray not necessarily what to pray(Although we say it every Friday night at the Recovery program I am part of).
    So I am eagerly anticipating what will be revealed to us through this teaching.

    • Brad Gray May 12, 2019 at 9:37 pm - Reply

      I think you’re really going to enjoy it, Chris. Thanks for sharing this.

  3. David Kelsey May 14, 2019 at 3:30 pm - Reply

    I grew up a Catholic and I remember after going to confession bring told to pray 3 Our Fathers and 3 Hail Mary’s as penitence, so I saw as a child and teenager the Lord’s prayer as punishment. Praying it at Mass every Sunday it became rote and boring.
    You Brad always bring the text alive so I hope that here you are able to revive this prayer that I need so much. Btw. I am no longer Catholic but yes a Christian.

    • Brad Gray May 28, 2019 at 6:23 pm - Reply

      So glad to hear you’re enjoying the series so much, David.

  4. Lee Ramirez June 25, 2020 at 8:58 am - Reply

    Brad, I grew up Catholic as well and said the Lord’s prayer repetitiously. In Matthew 6:7 Jesus says “don’t use vain repetition,” how do we ensure we do not make the Lord’s prayer a vain repetition?

    • Brad Gray July 1, 2020 at 3:17 pm - Reply

      Hey Lee, as you engage the rest of this mini-series on the Lord’s Prayer, it will make sense that saying this prayer daily won’t fall into vain repetition.

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