Quoting E. F. Scott, “The Lord’s Prayer: Its Character, Purpose, and Interpretation,” 1951

Two things in our religion have come to us directly from Jesus himself – the Lord’s Supper and the Lord’s Prayer. He bequeathed to them these two ordinances which they were to preserve just as they had come from his hands – the Supper which tells us what he did for us, and the Prayer which sums up what he taught us. These two acts of worship have a place by themselves in our religion, and are like the two poles of which it turns. A Christian service would be complete if it consisted only of an observance of the Supper and a repetition of the Lord’s Prayer. Between them they represent everything that we believe, and they are necessary to each other.  We cannot rightly say the Prayer without remembering the Cross, and we cannot celebrate the Supper unless we mean to follow the way of Jesus in our daily lives. In all times, men have been conscious that in these two gifts Jesus gave us everything, and the chief aim of Christian thought has been to discover the full significance of the Lord’s Supper and the Lord’s Prayer.

A Means to Fix Our Eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of Our Faith

Hebrews 12:1-4 give us the reasons to persevere in our fight against sin:

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that weighs us down and the sins that so easily distract us and with perseverance run the race that lies ahead of us, with our eyes fixed on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith. For the sake of the joy that lay before him, he endured the cross, ignoring its shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

Reflect on how he endured such great hostility from sinners so that you may not grow weary and lose heart. In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.

Verse 2 tells us how to persevere, and that is, by having our “eyes fixed on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.” In the Greek version (Greek NT: Scrivener’s Textus Receptus 1894) the first 9 words correspond to “with our eyes fixed on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.”

The total value is 7873, which is the 994th prime number. There are 167 prime numbers less than or equal to 994. The divisors of 167, which is also a prime number, are {1, 167}. Hence, the sum of divisors is 168, which is the identifier of the Lord’s Prayer in the Gospel of Luke.

SUMMARY: The Lord’s Prayer is a means to fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and the perfecter (finisher) of our faith.

Waiting on the Lord

In Psalm 25:14, we read: Wait on the LORD be of good courage and he shall strengthen thine heart wait I say on the LORD.

The values of each word in the table below (Hebrew and translation source: Biblehub)

Be of good courage115
and He shall strengthen147
your heart52
and Wait I say117

From Barnes Notes on the Bible, we read:

Wait on the Lord – This is the sum of all the instruction in the psalm; the main lesson which the psalm is designed to convey. The object is to induce others, from the experience of the psalmist, to trust in the Lord; to rely upon Him; to come to Him in trouble and danger; to wait for His interposition when all other resources fail. Compare Psalm 25:3.

Albert Barnes (1798-1870),  a Presbyterian minister who produced a number of valuable commentaries on the Bible. He wrote Old Testament commentaries on Job, Psalms, Isaiah, and Daniel, and a complete set on the New Testament.

The expression “Wait on Yahweh” gives the sum 168, which is the identifier of the Lord’s Prayer in the Gospel of Luke.

CONCLUSION: When we pray the Lord’s Prayer, we are placing our trust in the Lord, relying upon Him, coming to Him in trouble and danger, and waiting for His interposition when all other resources fail.

The Prayer For Unity Points to the Prayer Of Unity, The Lord’s Prayer, to Unite Future Believers

Jesus Christ foresaw denominationalism. The Center of the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theology Seminary estimates that there are about 45,000 denominations in the world today. This is a staggering figure!

In John 17:20-26, we read about the heartfelt prayer by Jesus Christ for future believers to be united. It is Jesus’ Prayer for Unity.

Jesus Prays for All Believers (NIV)

20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

24 “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.

25 “Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. 26 I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”

The identifier of John 17:20-26 is 581.

John 17:2043172080
John 17:2143172181
John 17:2243172282
John 17:2343172383
John 17:24 43 172484
John 17:25 43 172585
John 17:26 43 172686
The identifier of John 17:20-26 is 581

The number 581 has 4 divisors, namely, {1, 7, 83, 581}. The sum of the divisors is 672, so that the arithmetic mean is 672/4=168, the Lord’s Prayer in the Gospel of Luke. The Arithmetic Mean is telling us that the central message of unity in John 17:20-26 is pointing to the Lord’s Prayer as the vehicle of unity.

CONCLUSION: The Prayer of Unity in Christianity is the Lord’s Prayer.