Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” And he said to them, “When you pray, say: “Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread, and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation.” (Luke 11:1-4)
Once again we’ll be learning a new song together this Sunday at LifePoint’s gathering—Our Father by Hillsong. Directly below, you’ll find a lyric video of the song, along with a short explanation of why we’ve chosen this song for corporate worship and a link for download it from iTunes.
I pray you will use these resources to make the most of the Lord’s Day. Enjoy!
Why This Song?
Luke 11 begins with the disciples coming to Jesus with a crucial request, “Lord, teach us to pray.” (verse 1, quoted above). Witnessing firsthand their Lord’s prayer life and its supernatural effects in His earthly ministry, the twelve were eager to learn from Him. They wanted to pray as Jesus prayed in order that they might receive power to live as Jesus lived.
This should be true of LifePoint Church each time we gather to worship on the Lord’s Day. When we worship God in Christ together we too ought to be asking, “Lord, teach us to pray.”
After all, our church exists to “lead people to be real Christ-followers in life…together.” Our mission, in other words, is to reach people with the Gospel in order that they might become genuine disciples of Jesus who bear witness for His Kingdom in all of life—something that would not be possible apart from prayer.
Over and over again, the Scriptures beckon upon us to recognize that the church’s mission is to be carried out through the work of believing prayer. Therefore when we come to a passage where Jesus is asked to give a lesson on how to pray, we ought to pay strict attention to His answer.
In response to the disciples’ request, Jesus provides them with what we have come to know as The Lord’s Prayer. Throughout the centuries, The Lord’s Prayer has profoundly shaped the prayers of the church, enabling God’s people to embrace our identity as a covenant-bound community of biblical worship and Kingdom mission. And it should be a mainstay in our worship today for that same purpose.
This is why we’ve chosen to use Hillsong’s Our Father for LifePoint’s gathered worship. With its lyrics being patently based on the Lord’s Prayer, I believe it will encourage LifePoint to pray Kingdom prayers. If it’s indeed true that we’re asking Jesus to teach us to pray each time we gather, one of the most fitting things we could ever do is set the prayer He prescribed for the Christian life to melody so that it might resound beautifully among His church.
Therefore I’m praying that, as we sing the words of The Lord’s Prayer together in the coming weeks, our prayer lives will be strengthened and our work of mission sustained by God’s grace and power, in order that we might see His Name hallowed and His Kingdom come.