“Rabbi, teach us to pray.” and Jesus said, “This is how you are to pray…” • Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and do not subject us to the final test, but deliver us from the evil one. Matthew 9-13 But what are we saying? What are we asking for? • The Lord’s Prayer summarizes the teachings of Jesus in the four Gospels. If we look closely at the prayer, we see seven petitions, or requests. – In the first three petitions, we praise God and ask that God always be praised and glorified. – In the final four petitions, we express our needs and our desire to be close to God. The Beginning • Our Father –A greeting: Jesus made God know to us. • who art in heaven –God’s majesty and his presence in our hearts and we look forward to being with him forever. The Glory of God Petitions 1-3 • hallowed be thy name – First petition: We ask that God’s name be made holy • thy kingdom come – Second petition: We ask God to help us live in hope of Jesus’ return • thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven – Third petition: We pray to God for the ability to do His will. Our Needs Petitions 4-7 • give us this day our daily bread –Fourth petition: We ask God to give us nourishment for living. BREAD is bodily nourishment, like food and shelter, as well as spiritual nourishment, including Eucharist—our Bread of Life Our needs • forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us –Fifth petition: We ask God first to forgive us and then for the gift of mercy to forgive others Our needs • lead us not into temptation –Sixth petition: We ask the Father to help us find the courage to fight sin and to avoid whatever causes us to want to sin Our needs •deliver us from evil –Seventh petition: We ask for God’s protection from the evil and harm that exist in the world. AMEN • Oddly, to get a scriptural answer to what “Amen” means, we go to a place where it is used not as the last word but the first word. Jesus would often start a solemn statement by saying "Verily" or "Truly". In John's gospel (eg Jhn 3:3) Jesus is recorded as using the word twice in succession, "Verily, verily, I say to you...". This is actually the word “Amen”. • When we compare an instance of this in Mark, with the same statement in Luke, we find Mark has left the word untranslated (just as αμην “Amen”), but Luke has translated it using the word αληθος "Truly". (Mark 9:1, Lke 9:27). • This shows us that the underlying meaning of the word “Amen” is truth and actuality. It is a solemn affirmation. When we say, “Amen” we are saying before God, "Yes, I agree with that, I believe that to be true, I want that to be so".