Devotional Thought for Today – 02/07/2022

Prayer Series XXVII

We continue with excerpts from Reformed Reflections on the Lord’s Prayer.

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Matthew 6:5-15, Luke 11:2-4

In preparing this I found contemporary, catholic, and other versions, of this prayer along with articles that emphatically claim it should not be called the Lord’s prayer none of which we will discuss here. Jesus said these words to His disciples and therefore it is attributed as His prayer and worthy to be studied.


After having denounced showy and meaningless prayers, Christ introduced a splendid short prayer of His own. With it He instructed us on how to pray and what we should pray for

Martin Luther

The whole Word of God is of use to direct us in prayer; but the special rule of direction is that form of prayer which Christ taught His disciples, commonly called The Lord’s Prayer.

Westminster Shorter Catechism

Let us have a great esteem for the Lord’s Prayer; let it be the model and pattern of all our prayers.

Thomas Watson

It is both a prayer which we . . . ought to pray, and also a platform of prayer to which we ought to square all our prayers . . . Matthew (6:9) propounding it as the most perfect platform to be imitated; Luke (11:2) as the most excellent form to be used of all Christians.

James Ussher

[Christ’s] intention was to regulate our petitions by it; and therefore they who use it in spells and charms, as the Papists, or those who think nothing is prayer but that form of words, abuse Christ’s intention in it.

John Flavel

Perhaps no part of Scripture is so well known as this: its words are familiar wherever Christianity is found . . . Happy would it be for the world if this prayer was as well known in the spirit as it is in the letter.

J.C. Ryle


The Lord’s Prayer: Explained and Applied (by Wilhelmus à Brakel)

Sermon on The Lord’s Prayer by Charles Spurgeon – “A Heavenly Pattern for Our Earthly Life”


What Is the Purpose of the Lord’s Prayer? (GTY Ministries)

What is the Lord’s prayer? (by James Ussher)

The Lord’s Prayer: Its Spirit and Teaching (by Octavius Winslow)

The Lord’s Prayer (eBook) (by A W Pink)

The Lord’s Prayer (eBook) by Thomas Watson

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