Daniel Darling, author, pastor, speaker / Posts tagged "Lord’s Prayer"

Thy Kingdom Come

I'm currently in the midst of a series on The Lord's Prayer. This past Sunday I preached on the phrase: "They Kingdom Come." I came across some great quotes in preparation: From Ray Pritchard's excellent book, And When You Pray:  Consider the matter this way. Every time you pray you must say one of two things. Either you pray, “Your kingdom come,” or you pray, “My kingdom come.” Those are the only two possibilities. But note carefully: When you pray, “Your kingdom come,” you must of necessity also pray: “My kingdom go.” God’s kingdom cannot “come” unless your kingdom is going to “go” They both can’t coexist at the same time and place. From D.A. Carson's commentary, Jesus' Sermon on the Mount:  "Your kingdom come.” Christians ought not to pray this prayer lightly or thoughtlessly. Throughout the centuries, followers of Jesus suffering savage persecution have prayed this prayer with meaning and fervor. But I suspect that...

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Prayer That Starts With God

On Sunday I started a brand-new series on the Lord's Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13) entitled, "Teach Us to Pray." Let's remember that this is not a prayer Jesus prays, but that a prayer He offers for his disciples to pray. One of the things that really strikes me about Jesus' model prayer is just how God-centered this prayer is. The Lord's Prayer contains six humble requests, the first three are God-directed and the last three involve human needs. This is very similar to the structure of the Ten Commandments, which first begin with our vertical relationship to God and then end with our horizontal relationship with our fellow man. It's similar to the way Paul constructed his letters to the churches: he often began with who we are in Christ before fleshing out how that affects the way we live. A.W. Tozer said this (and I paraphrase), "The first thing that comes to...

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