Jul 22 2016

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Pew Leaflet Sunday 24 July 2016

It was common, in Jesus’ time, for disciples to ask their rabbis to teach them to pray. It was also common for the rabbis to give their followers a "skeleton" prayer that they would then use as a framework, filling in details under each "heading". This is probably what was happening when Jesus taught the Lord’s Prayer. While it’s not wrong to recite the prayer as we do in worship – on the contrary, it can be a very helpful practice – this is not how Jesus would have intended it to be used. Rather, he would have expected his disciples to create their own heartfelt prayers around the basic statements of praise, thanksgiving, requesting and confession.

Pew Leaflet – July 24.pdf

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