Monday, January 26, 2009

The Trinitarian Nature of Supplication in the Lord's Prayer

As I have been studying the Lord's Prayer, I have been struck by the Stott's insight into the Trinitarian nature of supplication in the Lord's Prayer. Each of the requests can be ascribed to a role filled by a member of the Godhead.

1. "Give us this day our Daily Bread," can be ascribed to the Father's role in creation and providence.

2. "Forgive us our debts as we also have forgiven our debtors," can be ascribed to the Son's role in atoning for our sins and bringing us forgiveness.

3. "Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil," can be ascribed to the Spirit's role of indwelling us and empowering us to be holy.

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