This is How You Are To Pray

In today’s Gospel from St. Matthew, Jesus tells his disciples how to pray, teaching them the prayer we refer to as the “Lord’s Prayer,” or simply, “the Our Father.”

It is a challenging prayer. We call God our Father and ask him for our daily needs and to protect us from evil.. But we also pray “Thy [not my] will be done” and “forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” Neither of those is very easy for us.

A few years ago, I gave a fall reflection series titled “Jesus Speaks,” which aimed at deepening our appreciation of fundamental Christian teachings drawn from the words of Christ.

This first session of that series focused on the Lord’s Prayer. In my talk, I gave a brief introduction to the series and offered a brief commentary on the prayer.

Here is a recording of the talk I gave that day. (The podcast runs for 22:25; if you want to skip the introduction, my remarks on the Lord’s Prayer begin at 4:45.) Some prayer materials relating to the Lord’s Prayer are here .