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The Lord's Prayer: Our Father Who Art In Heaven

May 11, 2017 28 Comments

The Lord's Prayer: Our Father Who Art In Heaven

The Lord’s Prayer is a fascinating, deeply complex, and surprisingly simple prayer. This new series of articles pairs a stained glass window from a small church with each petition of the Lord’s Prayer. In each post, we will see how the symbols in the window help us to understand what Jesus says to us when he commands us to pray this chief prayer.

The Lord’s prayer is the best-known prayer in the Christian church, and we pray it in all occasions: in worship, when we’re sick, when we celebrate, and more. Not only is it the one prayer that Jesus, himself, told us all to pray, it also easily summarizes everything we might ask of God. A short prayer, and easily memorized, it contains deep meaning, despite how simple it seems. Christians, throughout the last two millennia, have studied each line of the Lord’s Prayer to see what God promises by teaching us to ask for these things.

The Lord’s Prayer begins with a simple address to God, “Our Father, who art in heaven.” When Jesus teaches us to address God this way, he reminds us that God is our Father. The apostle Paul writes in Romans, chapter 8, “you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” This is one of the great gifts of the gospel of Jesus Christ: God treats us as dear children who can approach their dear Father without fear. Even better, we have the sure promise that our dear Father listens to our prayer.

The image above is a classic Christian symbol that represents God, the Father. The sun and clouds remind us of His place in heaven. In Isaiah 66, God says, “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool.” Our Father is the king of all creation who sits on his throne in heaven. He rules over everything from there.

The hand is God’s right hand reaching down from heaven. Over and over, the Bible describes God’s power and his saving acts as his right hand. Psalm 89:13, “You have a mighty arm; strong is your hand, high your right hand.”  When Moses stands with Israel on the far side of the Red Sea, watching the waters crash over Pharaoh’s army, he sings a song called, The Song of the Sea . Exodus 15:6, “Your right hand, O Lord, glorious in power, your right hand, O Lord, shatters the enemy.” God’s right hand saves his chosen people, Psalm 20:6,  “Now I know that the Lord saves his anointed; he will answer him from his holy heaven with the saving might of his right hand.”  

God’s right hand can be raised in judgment. When Israel sinned and abandoned the covenant that God made with them, he used his mighty power to judge them. When God sent the armies of Babylon to destroy the city of Jerusalem, the author of Lamentations wrote this in Lamentations 2:4, “He has bent his bow like an enemy, with his right hand set like a foe; and he has killed all who were delightful in our eyes in the tent of the daughter of Zion; he has poured out his fury like fire.”

God’s right hand is the power that he uses to defeat his enemies and save his people. The best place we see God’s glorious power is when he defeated death through Jesus. God’s right hand and his mighty power caused the Word to become flesh, and it sent Jesus to the cross. His right hand and his mighty power raised Jesus from the dead and caused him to ascended into heaven where he sits at God’s right hand. God’s power is most perfectly known in how Jesus saves us. It’s because he saves us that we know we can turn to the Father in heaven for his protection and his love.

This introduction to the Lord’s prayer teaches us that God’s right hand is not raised in judgment against us. Instead, his right hand is the loving hand of a Father who gently invites us to approach him in prayer.

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28 Responses

Sheila Trahan
Sheila Trahan

June 29, 2018

Very interesting story.Good verses in it also.stating His right hand is the strenght

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

February 20, 2018

Praise be to God.What a wonderful way to describe Our heavenly Father

Sandra
Sandra

January 17, 2018

Thanks you for a new prospective on The Lord’s prayer and way God used his right hand; and how he keeps us under his right hand always. AMEN

Mary DellaValle
Mary DellaValle

December 10, 2017

Amen… Praise and Glory be to God in the highest ?❤️

Joanne Sgrignoli
Joanne Sgrignoli

December 10, 2017

Ironically I just read another excellent analysis of the entire Lord’s Prayer:
https://www.gotquestions.org/Lords-prayer.html. I never tire of it or say it by rote.

This was a beautiful explanation and I wholeheartedly agree! God IS our Father in Heaven and He promises so much! One of my favorite verses is Isaiah 1:13, "For I, the Lord your God is always holding you by your right hand. " That verse has gotten me through so much.

FYI: There’s an error in the following sentence. The word ‘ascended’ should be ‘ascend’. I thought you might want to fix it.

“…become flesh, and it sent Jesus to the cross. His right hand and his mighty power raised Jesus from the dead and caused him to ascended into heaven.”

Thank you again and May God Bless you!

Kenneth
Kenneth

December 10, 2017

thank you for this inspirational piece please keep sending

Kim Hillis
Kim Hillis

December 10, 2017

I am thankful For God and his mighty powerful right hand I love him for taking care of us in the name of Jesus Christ Amen

Pennysue Bendorf
Pennysue Bendorf

December 10, 2017

Thank you. Clarification is always welcome.

Rose Chase
Rose Chase

November 06, 2017

Thank you looking forward to more articles

Judith Ray
Judith Ray

October 27, 2017

I hunger for understanding God’s word in the Bible, thank you for these beautiful and wonderful explanations.

Betty deaderick
Betty deaderick

October 10, 2017

Our father who are in heaven hallowed be thy name

Dennis Gentry
Dennis Gentry

October 10, 2017

I enjoyed this article and would like to see more similar to it on other topics.

HAPPY DEAN
HAPPY DEAN

October 03, 2017

Well written, easy to understand, comforting and challenging….May we all seek to honor HIM in all ways…and may HIS KINGDOM COME in fullness to this earth!

Celia White
Celia White

August 29, 2017

I love this article, I also would like to have a print or copy of it. I love studying the Bible and this would be nice to have in my collection of notes. Studying right now scripture’s taken out of context, what it means to understand each one and what God is telling us they mean. Looking forward for more articles.

Nanette Cavada
Nanette Cavada

August 14, 2017

I enjoy reading articles like these. Please send more articles for meditation and spiritual reading.

Rosemary Burlingame
Rosemary Burlingame

August 11, 2017

I remember learning the Lord’s prayer,many years ago,I pray this prayer,all the time.God is so loving and graceful to all of us.

FREDERICO
FREDERICO

July 13, 2017

When I wake up in the morning with the sunlight on my face, I think about the world around me and the human race. I think about the times gone by and the way life used to be, and I wonder if we’ll ever again have such tranquility. and so pray, Look to the Lord, Look to the Lord, He will lead you through the darkness, He will lead you to the light, Look to the Lord, Look to the Lord, He will change your life forever, with His wisdom and His might, Look to the Lord. Amen

Barbara Conklin
Barbara Conklin

June 25, 2017

I love that God is so faithful. It is nice to know that He is always with me.

Maria Rita Aguilera
Maria Rita Aguilera

June 18, 2017

All For One & One For All…In God, Our Fathers Name Amen…

Victor
Victor

June 11, 2017

This is a great lesson to know because the right hand of God is mighty and powerful.

marvin
marvin

May 14, 2017

were would we be with our lord jesus chirst not only his right hand the lord prayer 1 of the best prayers the lord gives us amen

Helen Allard
Helen Allard

May 12, 2017

I am thankful that I read this article, I would wish that all prayers in the Bible would be as easy to recite as the Lords Prayer is. We are so blessed to be under His right hand.

Rebecca Reeves
Rebecca Reeves

May 12, 2017

This is beautiful. God is our saving Grace.

Sharon Calkins
Sharon Calkins

May 12, 2017

I tend to agree with William McDowell. I also feel that whenever God is referenced to, He and His should be capitalized. My opinion as well. Otherwise a very good article..

Fernando Vallecillo
Fernando Vallecillo

May 12, 2017

I learned the Lords Prayer in my first years in catholic school and remember every word to this day and am in my 60’s

Jeanette Williams
Jeanette Williams

May 12, 2017

The Lords Prayer is simple to memorize yet the meaning is so profound.

William McDowell
William McDowell

May 11, 2017

I really enjoyed reading this. My only objection is when you refer to God or Jesus as He or Him you use small letters instead of capital letters. I feel anytime God or Jesus is referenced in a sentence or paragraph, it should be capitalized. (That’s just my opinion)

TAMYRA L DOWLING
TAMYRA L DOWLING

May 11, 2017

Amen <3

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