This Week’s lectionary reading includes what we’ve come to know as the Lord’s Prayer, words that many of us know but, still many of us struggle to pray. As you contemplate the prayer this week these resources may help you approach the act of prayer and allow it to blossom into your whole life.
Common Grace – The Lord’s Prayer
In 2015 Common Grace & The Bible Society invited people to join together in praying the Lord’s Prayer. Every week they released a video and a written reflection on a line of the Lord’s Prayer & invited everyone to:
PRAY the Lord’s Prayer each day, all the way till Easter;
READ daily emailed scripture & devotions on the Lord’s Prayer;
REFLECT each week with gifted Bible teachers on each line of the Lord’s Prayer
The Skinny on Prayer
Prayer is our way to communicate with God, but as Christians we often treat prayer as something to be checked off a list and we miss the part where we are building our relationship with the Creator of the universe.
Link: The Skinny on Prayer
The Lord & His Prayer by NT Wright
Tom Wright has turned a series of reflections on the Lord’s Prayer into a beautiful and easy to read book on the words that Jesus taught. This book can be purchased through Koorong, the book is also on scribd.com as a pdf.
Link: The Lord & His Prayer (pdf)
Purchase: The Lord & His Prayer from Koorong
Purchase: The Lord & His Prayer From Amazon (Kindle)
If you’d like some more writing here’s another paper written by NT Wright on The Lords Prayer as a Paradigm of Christian Prayer (pdf)
If you’d like even more writing by NT Wright here is a piece on the Lord’s Prayer taken from his “Luke For Everyone” Book The Lord’s Prayer – Luke For Everyone
An Aboriginal Lord’s Prayer
This beautiful song as a part of a collection of songs from NCYC gatherings, I’ll provide a link to the music sheet and two versions of the music (one with lyrics, one with only the backing music) for you to consider using in worship.
Link: An Aboriginal Lord’s Prayer with Lyrics (audio)
Link: An Aboriginal Lord’s Prayer without Lyrics (audio)
Link: An Aboriginal Lord’s Prayer (Music Sheet pdf)
Spill The Beans – Issue 8
The latest issue of Spill The Beans (http://spillbeans.org.uk) has a great collection of ideas for people to use in worship. Issue 9 has just been made available for purchase. I’ve uploaded the material for this week’s readings from Issue 8 for you to explore and I urge you to consider purchasing future issues.
Link: Spill The Beans – The Lord’s Prayer (pdf)
Just Prayers – The Lord’s Prayer
The Just Prayer series is a beautiful collection of video-prayers that can be downloaded and used in worship. Commissioned by Mark Pierson and World Vision NZ this prayer is a part of a series that is made available to individuals and communities to encourage their engagement with injustice, locally and globally.
Link: The Lord’s Prayer on Vimeo
The Work of The People – Prayer
- “Properly Formed” Brian Zahn speaking on Prayer: http://www.theworkofthepeople.com/properly-formed
- “Prayer, A State Of Communion” Is prayer just a verbal thing or a state of consciousness? Thoughts from Richard Rohr: http://www.theworkofthepeople.com/prayer-a-state-of-communion
- “Prayer & Surrender” “The answer to prayer is always the same – it’s the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Richard Rohr on God’s presence, prayer, the Spirt and surrender: http://www.theworkofthepeople.com/prayer-and-surrender
- “Faithful Practices” Walter Brueggemann on the Bible, baptism, the Eucharist and prayer: http://www.theworkofthepeople.com/faithful-practices
- “Asking God In” Rowan Williams’ thoughts on prayer: http://www.theworkofthepeople.com/asking-god-in
Singing the Lord’s Prayer
A small but great collection of musical versions of The Lord’s Prayer covering the gamut of church music styles, if you find any other songs to add to the list let me know.
Link: Singing the Lord’s Prayer
Jean Vanier – The Passage of Prayer
This video of Jean Vanier from The Work of The People (http://www.theworkofthepeople.com) reflects on prayer as something more than just a ritual that brings people to the consciousness that they are both broken and loved, that shakes us up.
Link: The Passage of Prayer
Why Should I Pray the Lord’s Prayer?
This video is a part of the Re:Form series from Sparkhouse (http://reform.wearesparkhouse.org) a fantastic collection of short videos that can be used in confirmation and baptism courses for young people.
Roots – Prayer
Praying the Pattern by Andii Bowsher
Praying the Pattern is a great collection of prayer practices based around the Lord’s Prayer, Andii provides a number of ways for individuals and communities to embody the prayer and to take seriously the words that have been taught us. This particular section speaks of creating a prayer scrapbook as a contemplative practice to help people enter into prayer.
Link: Praying the Pattern – Prayer Scrapboook (pdf)
Link: Buy Praying the Pattern by Andii Bowsher on Amazon
Link: Buy Praying the Pattern by Andii Bowsher on Lulu
Seed Resources – Pray
A short film on the theme of prayer based on Luke 11: 1-13, produced by Tower Pictures and featuring Alan Chandran. Pray is the first in Zume series of films by Tower Pictures (Zume is Greek for yeast or leaven). Zume films could be used as part of worship or as group discussion starters and come with a guide, either for individual study, or group discussion, helping you dig deeper into Gods word.
The Lord’s Prayer: Crafts, games and prayer activities
A collection of great game and craft ideas based on the Lord’s Prayer, would be some good ideas for Messy Church or Kids Club or preschool.
Lord’s Prayer Meditation
I CANNOT SAY “OUR”
if my religion has no room for other people and their needs.I CANNOT SAY “FATHER” IF
if I do not demonstrate this relationship in my daily life.I CANNOT SAY “WHO ART IN HEAVEN”
if all my interest and pursuits are earthy things.I CANNOT SAY “HALLOWED BE THY NAME”
if I who am called by his name, am not holy.I CANNOT SAY “THY KINGDOM COME”
if I am unwilling to give my sovereignty to God and except His Reign over me.I CANNOT SAY “THY WILL BE DONE”
if I am unwilling or resentful of having Him in my life.I CANNOT SAY “ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN”
unless I am truly ready to give myself to His service right here and right now.I CANNOT SAY “GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD”
unless I am truly ready to give myself in hard effort for it, or if I ignore the needs of others.I CANNOT SAY “FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO TRESPASS AGAINST US”
if I continue to harbor a grudge against another.I CANNOT SAY “LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION”
if I deliberately choose to remain in a situation where I am likely to be tempted.I CANNOT SAY “DELIVER US FROM EVIL”
if I am not prepared to fight against the spiritual realm with the weapon of prayer.I CANNOT SAY “AMEN”
unless I can honestly say also, cost what it may,this is my prayer.(Author Unknown)