The Our Father/Prayer. Prayer. Introduction (prayer, Our Father ) Definition: 1. Theological Dictionary
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We have a problem
Team first me second. Many parts but one plan
Break down of petitions is necessary but there is a need to keep together and order is important. Reverses our instinctive order of prayer.
So this is a bold statement. We are coming before the Father as adopted sons and daughters. Claiming brotherhood, heir-ship (Rom 8:16).
Mt 21:22 whatever we ask of the father we will receive – bold saying we have faith.
We are saying that we will behave like sons and daughters of God
(Father is God’s Eternal name ie to be creator he had to create)
God knows he is in Heaven – so this is for us.
Not a place but a state we say that we want to dwell with him and that we are the people of God already seated with him in the heavenly place but we want to put on our heavenly dwelling the temple.
Raise us up to what we were created for.
For god created man incorruptible and to the image of his own likeness but by the envy of the devil death came into the world. Wis 2: 23-25
He dwells within us (Jn 14: 16-23)
Not to limit God to heaven but to lift us up
God is holy we do not need to pray for it. Holy is what he is.
Only God Hallows – to make holy
God should be hollowed in us through our actions. God’s name is blessed when we live well and blasphemed when we live wickedly. We can obtain his holiness St. Peter Chrysologus.
But also in all our brothers and sisters.
Be Holy as your father is holy.
This petition embodies all the other petitions. (Self call to Holines)
Holiness in Hebrew is Kiddushin also means marriage, when something is holy it is set apart for intimacy so there is a real basis for a covenant. Calling for blessings and curses. EX 19:5 If you obey my voice and keep my commands you shall be my own possession
Another bold petition.
Why pray for this?
Where the king is there is the kingdom
and no one will announce, 'Look, here it is,' or, 'There it is.' For behold, the kingdom of God is among you."
Jn 18:36 My kingship is not of this world
It is veiled in the sacraments. It will come again in fullness at the second coming.
Praying for it to be present in us, the church and others
Church, Eucharist, Us. And we are praying for it in all our brothers and sisters.
Say the Our Father Standing; Explain
Tell the three gifts story
Do the petition exercise if time is good
Skip Prayer only talk about relationship
Pray the Our Father sitting