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This father, OUR father is in Heaven. Because this is a place
we can’t even conceptualize, this prayer has already become
The opening line of The Lord’s Prayer is all at once corporate,
personal and otherworldly. It’s a paradox. And in it, we are
oriented as to whom we are speaking—our Father.
Derek webb: Our Father in Heaven
The Lord’s Prayer is widely misunderstood. While some
may grab the dynamics of this mystical experience,
many others recite it at family reunions, Sunday School
Classes, 12-step meetings with little to no thought as
to the depth of the words they are speaking. But, be
it understood or not, the Lord’s Prayer is foundational
and informative to faith. Ultimately, it’s our “feedback”
If you include “Amen,” there are nine lines of The
Lord’s Prayer. The first line, “Our Father In Heaven,”
launches the prayer with a culturally explosive idea. To
approach and refer to God as “Father” bucked long-
standing traditions. None of the prophets had talked
about addressing God as “Father.” Remember, in that
time, God could strike you dead if you gave the wrong
offering or sacrifice. To address God as “Father” was a
revolution in and of itself.
OuR FATHER IN HEAVEN.
Every word in this first line of the prayer is important. First,
we now see God as OUR Father. He doesn’t belong to one
person or one group of people. He is inclusive. He is OURS.
In the era that this prayer was first uttered, addressing God
by such a personal name was mind-blowing. For the first
time, the possibility of intimacy with God was spoken.
“our father in heaven”
FeedbACk: THE LoRd’S PRayER
: christ wITH DEREk wEBB AND RAcHEl SHAVER (INO)
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