PCA affiliate LivingHour.org is happy to announce that our book The Lord’s Prayer for Daily Life can now be read online for free at our website. It took us a while to find a way to integrate the over 200 Gospel citations into the manuscript, but that now has been done. All you have to do is mouse hover over the citation to get a pop-up box showing the Gospel citation from Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John that has helped build our interpretations.
Our Lord’s Prayer book offers fresh interpretations of the Lord’s Prayer from a non-dogmatic perspective. It draws on philosophical, theological, historical, and psychological traditions to explore the meanings that lie beneath the words of Jesus’s prayer.
Written in a straightforward (and sometimes humorous) manner, the book is a good read, as well as one that hopefully will broaden your ideas on the Lord’s Prayer and Jesus Christ’s teachings and good news gospel. Here is a brief excerpt from Chapter 2: Hallowed Be Thy Name (Understanding God’s Identity):
Jesus establishes God as a heavenly father figure, but that’s not enough for most of us. Without a name, he seems lost in abstraction. Try as we might, we simply can’t bring him into view. There is only the vague presence of someone hovering around us—like the adult of a Charlie Brown Peanuts Special, always outside the frame, speaking in a strange indecipherable language. Jesus understands our predicament, but unlike Moses, who chiseled the Word to fit the hardness of our hearts,1 he isn’t going to bend the gospel around our weaknesses. He’ll allow for the idea that God has a name, but he isn’t about to tell us what it is.
Why the secrecy? Because Jesus understood that once God is given a name such as Yahweh or Elohim, it doesn’t take long before we start asking for special favors.2 Jesus, as we know, wanted to break the belief in a God that plays favorites. He wanted his followers to realize that in the Father’s eyes all races of people are equal: the gospel of Christ beating at the heart of all true religions. “He who is not against us are for us,”3 proclaimed the carpenter’s son. That includes Buddhists, Muslims, Taoists, Jews, and others. What we label ourselves isn’t important as long as we follow Christ’s gospel of love, charity, and good works—as long as we climb the mountain and live up to our potential as God’s children.
1- “Moses,” they said, “permitted a man to ‘draw up in writing a notice of separation and divorce his wife.’” 5 “It was owing to the hardness of your hearts,” said Jesus, “that Moses gave you this direction; 6 But, at the beginning of the Creation, God ‘made them male and female.’” – Mark 10:4-6
2 - Then the mother of Zebediah’s sons came to him with her sons, bowing to the ground, and begging a favor. 21 “What is it that you want?” he asked. “I want you to say,” she replied, “that in your kingdom these two sons of mine may sit, one on your right, and the other on your left.” – Matthew 20:20–21
3 – Mark 9:40, Luke 9:50
To read The Lord’s Prayer for Daily Life, please click the following link: The Lord’s Prayer. The original book also includes our New Century Gospels version of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, which we hope to have fully posted on the website within the next moth or so.