Eugene Peterson on the Lord’s Prayer

Most of us would be aware of what is known as ‘the Lord’s prayer’, as found in Matthew 6:9-13.

In his book, Eat This Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading, Eugene Peterson (author of The Message) has these short but insightful words to share on the Lord’s prayer:

The Prayer has six petitions: the first three pray for the furtherance of God and his work – his holiness, his will, his kingdom; the matching triad is oriented around human needs – food, forgiveness, deliverance. The pair of triads is connected by the phrase, “on earth as it is in heaven,” which is to say that prayer has its source in heaven, the home country, so to speak, of God, but the action takes place on earth – our home country. Prayer that is not firmly grounded “on earth” is not prayer as our Lord taught us to pray. (p147)


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