The Seven Petitions of the Lord’s Prayer
“God sent the spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” Galatians 4:6
What do You Think?
•Most people who pray the Lord’s Prayer don’t really understand it?
•Prayer cannot be limited to written prayers that we learned as a child?
•The Lord’s Prayer is an old prayer that should be updated?
•How often do we get tired of people asking questions over and over? Why is that?
–Praying is one way we help discern what God wants us to do and how we can use the gifts God has
blessed us with.
–Do you think God gets tired of us asking the same questions over and over?
•WE call on God as “ours”
•WE are in communion with the Christian community, sharing together in the presence of God
•WE are accountable to God and in turn accountable to us as our Parent, Creator
•Our source of our life, loving Father (Abba)
•This adoption requires
Who art in heaven”
•At first - Heaven distant place (up there)
•It is the majesty of God, our faith in him the Creator, greater than any creature
•Way of being, a living relationship – covenant, freely chosen
•Jesus often taught about the kingdom using parables (Mt 13)
•Paul encourages his readers to live their lives focused on “heaven.”
If then you were raised with Christ, seek what is above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Think
of what is above, not of what is on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When
Christ your life appears, then you too will appear with him in glory.
-What is your image of heaven?
-What do you hope it will be like?
The 1st Three Petitions
•Focus on the majesty of God in heaven
–Hallowed be thy name
–Thy kingdom come
–Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven
•They draw us closer to God
•Helps us transform our lives into living prayers of blessing & adoration, praise, and thanksgiving to God, who is the
source of our live and every blessing
Hallowed be thy name
•Reminded of the holiness of God
•we share in his holiness because we were created in his image and likeness
•Recognizes the intimate relationship we have with God as Father
•We call ourselves to conversion, to be holy because God is holy and live in communion with him
Thy kingdom come
•Kingdom of God at the heart of the Gospel message
•Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand (Mt3:2)
•Fully come about when he returns
•WE pray that his will be realized and his kingdom (reign) come to be
•WE look to the return of Christ
•WE commit to work toward the coming of the kingdom of God on earth thru dedication to the will of God
Jesus & parables on Kingdom of Heaven
He proposed another parable to them. "The kingdom of heaven may be likened to a man who sowed
good seed in his field. While everyone was asleep his enemy came and sowed weeds all through the
wheat, and then went off. When the crop grew and bore fruit, the weeds appeared as well. The slaves
of the householder came to him and said, 'Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where
have the weeds come from?' He answered, 'An enemy has done this.' His slaves said to him, 'Do you
want us to go and pull them up?' He replied, 'No, if you pull up the weeds you might uproot the wheat
along with them. Let them grow together until harvest; then at harvest time I will say to the harvesters,
"First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles for burning; but gather the wheat into my barn.”
What does this tell us ?
Mt 25: 31-46
"When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit upon his glorious
throne, and all the nations will be assembled before him. And he will separate them one from another,
as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will place the sheep on his right and the goats on
his left. Then the king will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit
the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me
food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed
me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.' Then the righteous will answer him and
say, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see
you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison, and
visit you?' And the king will say to them in reply, 'Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of
these least brothers of mine, you did for me.' Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me,
you accursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave
me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, a stranger and you gave me no welcome, naked
and you gave me no clothing, ill and in prison, and you did not care for me.' Then they will answer and
say, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or ill or in prison, and not
minister to your needs?' He will answer them, 'Amen, I say to you, what you did not do for one of
these least ones, you did not do for me.' And these will go off to eternal punishment, but the righteous
to eternal life."
Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven
•Expresses our desire to live the Great Commandment
•The will of God be realized – in our own lives and in others
•We Struggle to find the will of God for us
•We have our own and confuse it with his. It takes work & cooperation with the Spirit
•We ask that his will and ours be united with Jesus
•We receive courage to do it
Give Us this day our daily bread
•Expression of trust in divine providence (God’s loving and faithful caring for us & guidance)
•Place our needs - material & spiritual – before him
•Give us – ask God for what we need to sustain our life & trust he will provide
•Reflects the unconditional nature of ou rtrust in the covenant God made with us in Christ
•Just like a child trusts their parent that they always want what is best for them
•Our Daily Bread – to share out of love with the poor, bread for our body and bread for our soul
•Spirit moves us to pray for all the needs of others
•We ask God above all, to reach into our hearts and reshape us and to fill those spiritual hungers
•What would you say are among your greatest needs?
•What is the “daily bread” you are in most need of?
•How will filling that need help you?
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us
•Forgiving “seventy-seven” times or “always”
•Prodigal Son (Lk 15:11-32) & Tax collector (Lk 18:33), we recognize that we sin, turn away from God
•Mt 6:14-15 - If you forgive others their transgressions, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you do not
forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your transgressions.
•To forgive as God forgives
•Forgive me no more / less than I am willing to forgive others
•This posture & attitude we image and take part in Christ’s own attitude lived out in the Paschal Mystery
•We surrender ourselves to such forgiveness, trusting and believing it is the true path to new life and glory
That is why the kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king who decided to settle accounts with his
servants. When he began the accounting, a debtor was brought before him who owed him a huge amount.
Since he had no way of paying it back, his master ordered him to be sold, along with his wife, his children,
and all his property, in payment of the debt. At that, the servant fell down, did him homage, and said, 'Be
patient with me, and I will pay you back in full.' Moved with compassion the master of that servant let him go
and forgave him the loan. When that servant had left, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a
much smaller amount. He seized him and started to choke him, demanding, 'Pay back what you owe’ Falling
to his knees, his fellow servant begged him, 'Be patient with me, and I will pay you back. But he refused.
Instead, he had him put in prison until he paid back the debt. Now when his fellow servants saw what had
happened, they were deeply disturbed, and went to their master and reported the whole affair. His master
summoned him and said to him, 'You wicked servant! I forgave you your entire debt because you begged me
to. Should you not have had pity on your fellow servant, as I had pity on you?' Then in anger his master
handed him over to the torturers until he should pay back the whole debt. So will my heavenly Father
do to you, unless each of you forgives his brother from his heart.“
How does this help us understand the words we speak in the Lord’s Prayer?
And lead us not into temptation
•The struggle of good vs. evil in the world and within our hearts
•We are asking God to help us not to “yield to temptation”
•1 Cor10:13 - God is faithful and will not let you be tried beyond your strength; but with the trial he will also provide
a way out, so that you may be able to bear it.
•It is thru prayer & the help of the Spirit we gain wisdom and courage
But deliver us from evil
•Ask God to protect us from all that is evil and contrary to the heart of God
•Jn 17:15 - do not ask that you take them out of the world but that you keep them from the evil one.
•Our culture, society, etc are permeated with influences of evil – past & present
•WE pray to be freed from all evil past, present & future
For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours now and forever,
•Final doxology – echoes the 1st three petitions – glory of God, the coming of the reign of God, and the power of the
love of God
•Brief hymn of adoration & praise
•Give thanks to God the Father, Redeemer, and sanctifier
•So be it
•A way in which we give thanks and honor to OGd and express our total dependency on our Creator
•In God we find the strength and courage to take up our cross and love
•Divine providence - God’s loving and faithful caring for us
•Heaven - Eternal happiness with God
•Holy - “to be apart from or separate from”, set apart for religious purposes
•Kingdom of God - Image used describing all living in communion with GOd
•Petition - Earnest request
•Temptation - Desire or an attraction to choose to do something wrong
•Apologist - Defends the faith
•Catechumen - Unbaptized person learned to enter the Christian community
•Didache - Earliest gathering of Christian writing
•Neophyte - Newly initiated member of the Church