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Where Jesus Learned to Pray

April 28, 2015
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Even Seagulls Praise the Lord Photo by Marcel Eisma

Even Seagulls Praise the Lord
Photo by Marcel Eisma

We are on a journey at Faith Community Church through a few select Psalms. I heard NT Wright share the thought that the Psalms were the Prayer Book of Jesus. The more I have thought about that, the more it humbles me that we have the very words that shaped the prayers of Jesus as words that God wants to use to shape our prayers. This invites me to read the Psalms with an eye to how Jesus lived and prayed.

For instance, this week, we explored some of the thoughts of Psalm 145. A Psalm that literally begins and ends with praise. We miss some of the poetic beauty in English since each verse begins with one of the letters of the Hebrew alphabet. I am growing to appreciate the literary beauty and intricacies the Spirit inspired writers to use. Spontaneous prayers can have a sincerity and intimacy that is special. Written prayers also carry a unique power and beauty as we revisit them.

Here are some connections I see between Psalm 145 and the Lord’s Prayer.

Hallowed be your name: Praise his holy name, v. 21 (see also vv. 1 and 2)

Your Kingdom come: Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations, v. 13 (see also v. 11)

Give us this day our daily bread: The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food at the proper time, v. 15

Forgive us: The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made, vv. 8-9

Deliver us from Evil: The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them vv. 18-19

For ever and ever: I will praise your name for ever and ever…I will…extol your name for ever and ever.                 Let every creature praise his holy name for ever and ever. vv. 1, 2, and 21

Let me know if these make sense to you. Do you see any other parallels where this Psalm may have influenced what Jesus taught his disciples (and us) in this model prayer?

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