The Art of Intercession (Introduction II)

If you remember, I was looking at the role of Intercession and I am taking a different view of this by examining what were refer to as the “Lord’s Prayer.” Actually, many have never pictured this prayer as being intercessory, but I would argue that it serves as a perfect example of Intercessory Prayer. In fact, this prayer and Jesus’ final prayer, as seen in the seventeenth chapter of John, are the best examples of intercessory prayer.

What I find interesting, if you add what we call the Apostle’s Creed, the Ten Commandments, and the Lord’s Prayer, you find a complete summary of how we are to live our Christian life, how we are to behave and how we are to commune with our God!

As J.I. Packer describes this prayer:

The Lord’s Prayer, in particular, is a marvel of compression, and full of meaning. It is a compendium of the gospel (Tertullian), a body of divinity (Thomas Watson), a rule of purpose as well as of petition. and thus a key to the whole business of living. What it means to be a Christian is nowhere clearer than here.

The Anglican Prayer Book Catechism, like other Reformation catechisms, centers on the on the Lord’s Prayer it says:

Question: What desirest thou of God in this prayer?

Answer: I desire my Lord God our heavenly Father, who is giver of all goodness, to send his grace unto me, and to all people, that we may worship him, serve him, and obey him, as we ought to do. And I pray unto God, that he will send us all things that be needful both for our souls and bodies, and that he will be merciful unto us, and forgive us our sins; and that it will please him to save and defend us in all dangers ghostly [i.e., spiritual] and bodily; and that he will keep us from all sin and wickedness, and from our ghostly enemy, and from everlasting death. And this I trust he will do of his mercy and goodness, through our Lord Jesus Christ. And therefore I say, Amen. So be it.

This feeling was echoed by Puritan Matthew Henry:

What deep mysteries . . . are contained in the Lord’s Prayer! How many and great they are! They are expressed in few words but they are rich in spiritual power so that nothing is left out, every petition and prayer we have to make is included.

Nickolas
Doulos Studies

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