Preaching on the Lord's Prayer

Louis R. Flessner, Irving J. Arnquist

Article Type: Texts in Context

Publication Date: 1/1/1990

Paired Article (Face to Face): Preaching on the Lord's Prayer

Issue: Catechism and Lectionary (Vol. 10, No 1, Winter, 1990)

Jesus introduced the Lord’s Prayer with these instructions: “when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret.” What has happened to this secret prayer? How did it get so far out of the closet? Who knows how many times it has been printed on bookmarks and pencils, needle pointed into wall hangings, inscribed, carved, and cross-stitched? Could even the Lord count the number of times it has been intoned over the blushing couple? And how often has it not been a convenient way to close a church meeting or to cue the ushers to send the people forward for Holy Communion? What has become of this secret prayer?

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