Lord’s Prayer; Our Father; Pater Noster; Disciples’ Prayer; model prayer…

3 min readJul 25, 2015


The Pater Noster sounds really spiritual in Latin.

Imagine hearing it in Elvish.

Tolkien’s Pater Noster in Sindarin

The prayer Jesus taught is to be understood. It is not magic.

It should solicit our curiosity not because it is so unusual, but because it is so sensible. Jesus knew how to live wisely in a tempting wilderness. When he gives a pointer for wilderness sojourners like us, wisdom invites us to take the time to understand and employ such a brilliant bit of advice.

Below is the beginning of an exposition of Matthew 6:5–15. If we get the truth in this passage into our lives, everything can change. For Sojos-church we will take a couple of weeks teaching on this passage as we keeping exploring the sermon on the mount. For distant friends, please sharpen the iron. There is a secret place. It matters. I need help understanding and explaining it. Please share insights cyclically; for the whole body benefits from the whole body.

Matthew 6:5–15 “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.

Two faces one reward

Looks as if spiritual but… treasure is social.

Reward? Not spiritual, only social.

(6) But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

Secret place — earthly kingdom is the realm in which we can seemingly do things more or less without God. Heavenly Kingdom is where we enter into God’s realm; that secret, seemingly absent realm in which we actually live and move and have our being.

(7) “And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. (8) Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

Ritual or conversation? God’s view of prayer is a conversation between spiritual beings: God and a person made in God’s image. The reason to pray is not to inform God it is to conform our spirit made in God’s image to show more likeness.

(9) Pray then like this:

“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. (10) Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

(11) Give us this day our daily bread,

(12) and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.

(13) And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

Disciples’ prayer:

  1. Father’s Kingdom is the Source
  2. Physical needs
    Relational needs — be forgiven based on forgiveness
    Spiritual needs — not temptation but deliverance

(14) For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, (15) but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

IF we stand for self we stand alone. Rebels beware.

Refusing to grant a pardon is to challenge the Throne.