by Dr. Dan Sharp, Minister of Worship
The Lord’s Prayer occurs two places in Scripture, in Matthew 6 and in Luke 11.
In the Early Church, this prayer was referred to as the “Our Father.” It was taught as part of the catechism for new believers. For those early believers, there was a specific body of biblical knowledge that was committed to memory, the Lord’s Prayer being one of those portions of Scripture that was memorized.
All too often as we get older, we have memorized only our social security number! Why not join the catechumens (early Christian learners), and find a passage of Scripture and memorize it? It will not only do your brain good, it will feed your soul.
If you have the Lord’s Prayer down, go for the Ten Commandments or the Beatitudes. Then go on from there.