Thursday, September 04, 2003

Jesus on Prayer 8

It is an interesting study to connect Jesus model of prayer with the Beatitudes.

The Lord's Prayer and the Beatitudes

Our Father in heaven, may your name be honored

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. (Matthew 5:8)

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God. (Matthew 5:9)

May your kingdom come, may your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to them. (Matthew 5:3)

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to them. (Matthew 5:10)

Give us today our daily bread

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied. (Matthew 5:6)

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. (Matthew 5:5)

And forgive us our debts, as we ourselves have forgiven our debtors. 

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. (Matthew 5:4)

Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. (Matthew 5:7)

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God. (Matthew 5:9)

And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to them. (Matthew 5:10)

Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you and say all kinds of evil things about you falsely on account of me. Rejoice and be glad because your reward is great in heaven, for they persecuted the prophets before you in the same way. (Matthew 5:11-12)

I am not inclined to add anything else. I find the pairings interesting and instructive. I hope you do as well. 

Friday: Some brief closing thoughts.

<>< Test everything. Cling to what is good. ><>

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