How do we pray to our Father? Dr. Wesley Hill joins Matt, Derek, and Alastair to discuss his latest book, The Lord’s Prayer: A Guide to Praying to Our Father. Is the prayer an exact model or more of a paradigm for Christians? What are the implications of spiritual warfare in the prayer? Will we not be forgiven unless we also forgive others? In conversation with the Christian tradition, Dr. Hill draws out the significance of Jesus’ words to answer these questions and more.

Timestamps:

What is the purpose of the prayer, is it really a model? [6:45 – 9:00]

What were some of the petitions in the Lord’s Prayer that most stuck out while writing the book? [9:00 – 14:35]

How does Christ’s example of prayer function in The Lord’s Prayer? [14:35 – 17:15]

Implications of spiritual warfare in the Lord’s Prayer [17:15 – 20:45]

Will we not be forgiven unless we forgive others? [20:45 – 25:25]

“Save us from the time of trial” vs. “Lead us not into temptation” [25:25 – 29:30]

How does the prayer fit cohesively with the rest of the beatitudes? [29:30 – 33:13]

How should the book be used in the life of the church? + Conclusion [34:05 – 37:44]

 

Resources mentioned:

The Sermon on the Mount: Inspiring the Moral Imagination by David Allison

Free of Charge: Giving and Forgiving in a Culture Stripped of Grace by Miroslav Volf

Mysterium Paschale: The Mystery of Easter by Hans Urs von Balthasar

 

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Caleb Wait (MATS, Westminster Seminary California) is a writer and the producer of Mere Fidelity. He and his wife Kristin have two children and live in Northern California. You can follow him on Twitter @calebwait and he invites you to email him at ciwait93@gmail.com.