Devotional Thought for Today – 02/10/2022

Prayer Series XXIX

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

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

Division of the Lord’s Prayer

There are three parts in the Lord’s Prayer: the Preface, the Petitions and the Conclusion.

Thomas Vincent

The Preface

The Preface . . . Our Father, who art in heaven, teaches us to draw near to God with all holy reverence and confidence, as children to a father, able and ready to help us; and that we should pray with and for others.

Westminster Shorter Catechism

Those who can say Our Father, who art in heaven . . . have been adopted into His family. He has taken them out of the old family in which they were born, given them a new name and a new spirit, and made them ‘heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ’; and all this of His free, sovereign, unmerited, distinguishing grace.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Our Father, Truly the word Father . . . teaches us that all our prayers ought to be offered to none other than to Him who is our Father . . . and not [to] another for Him or with Him . . . And truly this prayer can be offered to no creature. For to which of the angels or the saints can you say without sacrilege: Our Father, who are in heaven?

Henry Bullinger

God . . . gives Himself [the] title Our Father, an expression of love and condescension. That He might encourage us to pray to Him, He represents Himself under the sweet notion of a father. The name Jehovah carries majesty in it; the name Father carries mercy in it.

Thomas Watson

… Continued tomorrow


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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