A New Edge on the Lord’s Prayer
A new edge on the Lord’s Prayer is not about a new spin or a new revelation, rather a look at the sides of the Lord’s Prayer as 3DM’s Mike Breen calls “The Hexagon.” “3DM trains churches and Christian leaders to do discipleship and mission in an increasingly post-Christian world.” (http://weare3dm.com/about/).
Using what Mike Breen refers to as “Lifeshapes” or Discipling language, they have used the Hexagon shape to unpack the Lord’s Prayer.
9 “This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, 10 your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us today our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” (Matthew 6:9-10)
“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name” equals Character. Understanding that we come to God in relationship as His sons and duaghters in the faith. We have the utmost honor and privilege coming to a Holy God because of Christ’s work on the cross.
“Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” equals Kingdom. We pray and agree that what is done in heaven will be done on this planet, that God’s Kingdom will be established in power.
“Give us today our daily bread” equals Provision. We thanks God and ask Him for daily needs for food, clothing, shelter, mental, physical, emtional, spiritual, etc.
“And forgive us our debts as we also have fogiven our debtors” equals Forgiveness. We know that the Kingdom message is all about forgiveness, we ask and forgive, as we live in this truth with others.
“And lead us not into temptation” equals Guidance. We ask God to lead us into freedom and truth, not into temptation.
“But deliver us from the evil one” equals Protection. We ask God to rescue us from the enemy of our souls.
Lifeshapes helps us visualize each major segment (six in all ) into a Hexagon to help us remember what the Lord’s Prayer is all about.
This is a great tool to use in many ways:
1.) You can pray about a particular person or group of people all the way around the Hexagon.
2.) You can stop on an edge and pray specific prayers for that indivual or groups or people under your care.
3.) You can move to different edges and prayer creatively through the Lord’s Prayer.
I have appreciated following Jesus’ model of prayer in the past and now in new creative visual, using the Hexagon Lifeshape- thanks Mike Breen!