SUNDAY’S DIVINE TONE: The Lord’s prayer, a divine providence

With Christopher Njeula:

Mathew 6: vs 9-15

Our Lord Jesus Christ invited his disciples to pray in a formula that appreciates divine providence. The matter and substance of the Lord’s Prayer simplifies in totality our submission to the omnipotence of God the father. It is not that our prayers are to simply follow the pattern; however, the manifestation of the Lord’s Prayer is paramount to our Christian prayer life.

The Lord’s Prayer bears six petitions. The first three relates more expressly to God and his mighty honour, the last three to our concerns, both temporal and spiritual.

We are invited to seek the kingdom of God and his righteousness first, and all the other things shall be given unto us.

We are asking for daily bread, that emphasizes our dependence on the constancy of the divine providence. We are asking to be given; this teaches us compassion for the poor.

We pray that God would give us this day, which teaches us to renew the desires of our souls toward God, as the wants of our bodies are renewed.

The Lord prayer teaches us that Christ came into the world as the great peacemaker, not only to reconcile us to God, but to one another.

Therefore, each time we pray the Lord’s Prayer, we are presented with an opportunity to reflect on the divine providence of God the father.

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