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Pray This Way

The Lord’s Prayer

Luke 11:1-13

Lord’s Prayer Exercises sourced from  Ministry Matters

Rewrite the Prayer in Your Own Words

Go line by line, so that the general structure of the prayer is the same, but think in terms of your own spiritual vocabulary and theological concerns. Read your version aloud in worship and invite others to do their own.

One example:
O God
who reigns over everything,
holy are you.
Help us to live out your kingdom,
seeking your will in all we do,
and bringing the ways of heaven down to earth.
Lord, you know just what we need.
Forgive us for always wanting more.
Help us to forgive others as you forgive us.
Help us to resist temptation
And to fight our tendency toward evil.
For it is you we serve, Lord of all.
You are powerful, you are glorious.
You are the everlasting God.

Explore the Prayer in Questions

Our Father
How do you address God? What images of God do you most easily connect with? Father?Mother? Shepherd? King?

Who art in Heaven
What is God’s position in the universe? Does God reside primarily in Heaven?

Hallowed be thy name
How do you express God’s holiness? How do you define holiness?

Thy kingdom come
What does the Kingdom of God look like? How does God’s kingdom come to earth?

Thy will be done
What would it mean to want what God wants? How do you know what God’s will is?

On earth as it is in Heaven
How can we make earth more heaven-like? What is Heaven like?

Give us this day our daily bread
Do we really trust God to give us what we need? What would it be like to live with only what you really need?

And forgive us our sins
What do we need forgiveness for? Some Bible translations use the word “debts” instead of “sins;” what do each of these words indicate about the nature of sin?

As we forgive those who sin against us
Why should we forgive others? Why is it so hard to forgive?

And lead us not into temptation
Does God tempt us? Does Satan? Is it wrong to be tempted?

But deliver us from evil
Do you believe in evil spirits or powers? Do you believe there is evil in each of us? How are we delivered from something that is within us?

For thine is the Kingdom
What does it mean for God to be ruler over everything? How does that affect the way we pray?

And the power and the glory, forever and ever
Do you believe God is all-powerful? What does it mean to give God glory? If God is eternal, how do you think God views us and our world?

Read it Differently

Read the traditional Lord’s Prayer slowly, pausing after each line to let the words soak in. Read it in a different version of the Bible than you are used to. Read it in a paraphrase like The Message or a totally new translation like the Common English Bible. If you have even passing knowledge of another language, try reading it in that language.

Good News!

“You are only able to receive love to the degree that you are willing to trust”

Background Information



The Story



The Unnamed Woman




“You are only able to receive love to the degree that you are willing to trust”


How much are you willing to trust Jesus?

Introduction to Luke’s Gospel

Sermon from The Table Covenant Church

Introduction to Luke           Luke 1:1-4

Two-Volume Work

Scholars’ dates range early ad 60s – mid 2nd C


Meet Luke & His Audience(s)


+Acts 16:10-17; 20:5-15; 21:1-18; 27:1-28:16

+Philemon 24; Colossians 4:14

+Luke 1:4
+Acts 1:1

What is Luke doing?

Luke’s Gospel is not modern history or modern biography

Luke’s Gospel is good and true history


Verse 3: it seemed good to me also, having followed all things closely for some time past, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus





Verse 4: that you may have certainty concerning the things you have been taught.






Discussion & Application Questions

  1. Why does it matter who wrote this biography of Jesus?
  2. How might this information change how you read the Gospel of Luke?
  3. Who is a “Theophilus” in your life who needs certainty about Jesus?
    How will you share this story of good news?