Welcome to our interactive series focusing on the Lord’s Prayer from Matthew 6:9-13.
During His very famous “Sermon on the Mount,” Jesus taught the disciples who were gathered around him, how to pray. This prayer model is commonly known as “The Lord’s Prayer” and the beauty of it is, it serves as an example of how to pray, even to us today, and so we, as modern-day disciples, can proudly call it, “Our Prayer.”
Over the months of August and September, there will be opportunities for you to be involved with others across our Carey Campus’ and Services to join together in a range of prayer events and activities. We also invite you to take up the opportunity to submit your prayer requests using the PRAYER REQUESTS button above.
We encourage you to look through the resources, activities and events provided on this page and commit yourself to meeting and praying together as the body of Christ. Don’t forget to put the upcoming Prayer Events in your calendar so you don’t miss out!
The Universe in 57 Words | Seven Days Inside the Lord’s Prayer
A seven-day devotional by Carolyn Arends for spiritual renewal from Renovaré.
When Jesus’ friends asked him how they should pray, he gave them — and us — the brilliantly succinct guide we call the “Lord’s Prayer.” In a feat of cosmic engineering, Jesus managed to gather the entire waterfront of human need and the vast ocean of God’s plans for his universe in just 57 Greek words. We can pray those 57 words (or their English equivalents) for a lifetime and never exhaust them.
The Jesus Prayer
Saint Paul urges you to “pray without ceasing,” and this prayer is one of the best ways to start doing so. It takes only a few minutes to memorize, after which you can recite it whenever you remember to do so. According to Christian belief, if you fill the empty moments of your day with the holy name of Jesus, you will keep your thoughts focused on God and grow in His grace.
The Divine Conspiracy, by Dallas Willard, Zondervan 1998.
The Divine Conspiracy Ch 7: The Community of Prayerful Love. This chapter looks into Matthew 7:1-12 and The Lord’s Prayer of Matthew 6:9-13.
Willard’s vision of the Christian life is one where understanding, love and appreciation for the goodness of God inspires us to behave in a similarly loving fashion towards other people.
Memorise the Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
Spend some time paraphrasing the prayer to make it specific for you and your community.
Experiment with your posture
When praying the prayer, Dallas Willard suggests: “The followers of Saint Dominic described nine different ways in which he prayed, including bowing humbly before the altar in a church, lying flat on his face before the crucifix, standing with hands and arms spread out like a cross, stretching himself to the limit and standing as upright as possible.”
Create something that represents the prayer: E.g. A dice has six sides. Make a dice with one word for each section on a face with a little arrow pointing to the next face: Father, Name, Kingdom, Bread, Forgive, Deliver. A small cube of wood carried in the pocket can be a reminder. Or a piece of leather with six beads on it. Or a room with six spots for those who pray better on their feet. Experiment and be creative with this!