Feb 22

The Lord’s Prayer 2: Thy Kingdom, Thy Will

As we travel from Ash Wednesday to Easter this Lent we also journey through the Lord’s Prayer, the prayer Jesus gave his disciples. We say the Lord’s Prayer every week in worship, as do most Christians around the world, but if you want to read it in the Bible, you can turn to Matthew 6:9-13 or Luke 11:1-4. As we reflect on the Lord’s Prayer each week, though, we will use the version we say together in worship. And we will go through the prayer slowly, one phrase at a time, until Palm Sunday. Last week we started with “Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.” And we thought about that phrase in light of the story of Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness in Luke 3. Continue reading

Feb 15

The Lord’s Prayer: Our Father, in Heaven, Holy

Jesus, the Son of Israel, the Son of God, withdraws to the wilderness, led by the Holy Spirit. He has passed through the waters of the Jordan River, but instead of entering the Promised Land, Jesus goes into the wilderness, the place of waiting and wandering and temptation. The heavens have opened, and the Spirit has descended on him like a dove, and a voice has claimed Jesus as God’s Beloved Son. Father, Son; Son, Father. You might expect something equally wonderful to follow on the heels of that stunning revelation: a royal enthronement, a mighty display of power and gifts, a magnificent show of divine love. Instead, the Spirit leads Jesus into a barren land. There is no royal throne, no display of power and gifts, no show of divine love. There isn’t even anyone else around. No, instead, there is hunger. There is thirst. There is temptation. And there is the devil. Continue reading