The Lord’s Prayer
by Dr. Dan Sharp, Minister of Worship
The Lord’s Prayer occurs in two places in scripture, once in the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew, and a second time in Luke when the disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray. Luke has the shorter version.
The concluding doxology (“for thine is the kingdom…”) was probably added in early times for it appears in the Didache, an early church document, in the early years of the second century around 120 AD.
The “Our Father” was taught to baptismal candidates (catechumens) as part of their catechism. This prayer was part of Christian worship from the earliest days and has been throughout the centuries. It was always a part of every communion observation. St. Augustine called it the “source of all other prayers.”
It has been and is prayed world-wide throughout history in Christendom in all kinds of situations. Several of the passengers aboard Flight 93 on September 11 prayed the prayer together prior to crashing it in the field in Pennsylvania.
In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus gave us a model, an example, and a prayer he himself prayed.