Quoting D. Timms, “Living the Lord’s Prayer”, 2008

Surely God did not intend the abundant life to be drab, boring, empty, or tedious. We harbor deep suspicious that something deeper and vaster lies beyond our daily routines.

Many of us share the deep yearning to explore the spiritual realm more fully. We want to know the deep interior of God.

A SHARED HUNGER pages 15-18)

For centuries Christian men and women have desired a deeper walk with Christ.

For two thousand years various Christian mystics and devout believers have advocated a range of pathways to a deeper relationships with God. They shared our hunger for the holy.

If we summarize [the] saints of the past, we develop quite a catalog of possible pathways [to God]. We draw nearer to God through:

Seriousness, obedience, and humility;

Spiritual disciplines of silence, solitude, fasting, study, and more;

Encountering the love of God;

Sharing the sufferings of Christ;

Crossing metaphorical bridges and entering metaphorical castles;

Enduring the purging work of God in our lives;

Praying the Scriptures;

Studying the Scriptures;

Spiritual gifts and revivalism;

Devotion to the body of Christ;

Meditative prayer and social engagement;

Belovedness and brokeness.

The vast array of insights [by the saints, and great and influential thinkers of the past] inspire, but also confuse us. Every tidbit of wisdom sounds good and right, but without a fixed point of reference we become rudderless in a sea of generic spirituality. Our hearts resonate with those who have walked close to God, but we lack the experience or wisdom to accurately access their advice.

Nevertheless, a fixed reference point does exist – in Scripture. We find a ready-made summary not in the saints or scholars of the past, but in Christ himself.

THE LORD”S PRAYER (pages 20-21)

Jesus lays out what we commonly call the Lord’s Prayer, and in it He provides the greatest Christian teaching of the centuries on spiritual formation.

[In the prayer], He outlines life-giving attitudes and paradigms. We also encounter a prayer that does not seek to get God’s attention but to give our attention to Him.

The Prayer functions less as a chant and more as a challenge [because] memorizing ten short lines poses little difficulty of most of us [but] the concepts and insights have the capacity to remold our lives entirely. Overstatement? Exaggeration? Not at all. Indeed, this prayer offers a simple framework that steers us through all the suggestions of the ages and into the very intimacy with Christ that hearts desire. It reveals the building blocks for authentic spiritual formation.


Will Hernandez provides a helpful definition. He describes spiritual formation as “the process of being with Christ in order to become like Christ and consequently live for Christ.” His succinct definition captures three vital elements.

Being with Christ;

Becoming like Christ;

Living for Christ.

Spiritual formation is not one or even two of these three elements. True formation, as modeled by Jesus and reflected in the [Lord’s] Prayer, incorporates some measure of all three parts of the definition. Spiritual formation remains incomplete when it becomes fixated on meditation (“being with”). But it also fails when it focuses entirely on character adjustment or behavior modification (“becoming like”). Similarly, the process falters it simply means busyness in the kingdom (“living for”).

The teaching contains in the Lord’s Prayer catapults us toward complete transformation. While we soak up the wisdom of godly men and men throughout Christian history, they would certainly defer to the wisdom of Christ expressed in the Prayer.

Ultimately, the Lord’s Prayer reveals more about how to live than how to pray.

Quoting B. Pitre, “The Lord’s Prayer and the New Exodus”, 2006

In this  essay, I have tried to show that while the Lord’s Prayer is most certainly an eschatological prayer, it is also much more than that. It is also a typological prayer, a messianic prayer, and a Davidic prayer. That is, it is rooted in the eschatology of the Old Testament, which held that God would act in the future in ways that would parallel how he had acted in the past.

Quoting G. H. Palmer, “The Lord’s Prayer”, 1932

In both the Old Testament and the New Testament there is a climatic point: a passage, I mean, which so epitomizes all the teaching of that section of our Bible that we should be eager to save it were all else to be destroyed. In the Old Testament it is the Ten Commandments, which form a foundation of civil society.  Society would go to pieces were not the Ten Commandments understood and usually obeyed. In the New Testament it is the Lord’s Prayer which lays foundations for the harmonious inner life as the Ten Commandments do for the outer.  Here speaks the aspiring spirit to its Maker. This is the love-song of the Christian world. 

Quoting G. Heard, “The Creed of Christ: An Interpretation of the Lord’s Prayer”, 1940

The Lord’s Prayer is the authentication, the signature, the demonstrating formula of all his teaching; it is the master-recipe for producing his demands, for reproducing his acts, for adopting not only his method but, if we will make the system our life, his nature. Here, in epitome are the essential means and ends of his faith. Here is the practice, the exercise, whereby he was able to call himself the Son of Man, at last Man as God wills, and to call us through the same exercise and practice to rise to such sonship. By this prayer we may and must judge all Christianity, whether it is the millennial record of the Church or our own acts and thoughts of the last half-hour.

God is Our Refuge and Strength

In Psalm 46:2-3, we read: God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth change.

The identifier of this verse is 135.

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The identifier of Psalm 46:2-3 is 135

Permutations of the set {1,3,5} give us the prescribed prayer times of the Lord’s Prayer.

CONCLUSION: When we pray the Lord’s Prayer, we acknowledge the Father as our refuge and strength.

A similar conclusion can be reached after studying the verse Isaiah 40:29: He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. The identifier of the verse is 92, noting that the Book of Isaiah is the 23rd book in the Bible. The number 92 has 6 divisors {1, 2, 4, 23, 46, 92}. These are the numbers that can divide 92 to get an integer. The sum of divisors is an important property of numbers. For the number 92, we get 1+2+4+23+46+92=168, which is the identifier of the Lord’s Prayer in the Gospel of Luke.

CONCLUSION: When we pray the Lord’s Prayer, the Father will give power to those of us who are weak and strength to those of us who are powerless.