All posts in " Lord’s Prayer "

Place ourselves in reality – pray the Lord’s Prayer

By Dave Henning / July 30, 2021

“As we pray the Lord’s Prayer, we place ourselves in reality.  This is a prayer of faith and hope, where we seek to have faith and hope in what we are praying, even as we recognize ways that our lives may not conform with the words in full.”- Kyle Strobel Kyle Strobel concludes the Interlude […]


Infantile fantasies – God on our terms

By Dave Henning / July 29, 2021

“Jesus is teaching us to converse with our Father in heaven — how we can grow from our infantile fantasies of wanting God on our own terms — to embrace the truth about what God is doing in the world and even in our own prayers.”- Kyle Strobel “One day Jesus was praying in a […]


Prayer book of the church – the Psalms

By Dave Henning / July 25, 2021

“The Psalms are the church’s prayer book [because] . . . they are the prayers of the people of God that find their fullest meaning in Christ’s own praying of them.  We now pray these in Christ and in the name of Christ, and in him those prayers can become our own. . . .  […]


Forgiveness filled with hesitation and resistance

By Dave Henning / March 27, 2021

“Even the most imperfect, messy forgiveness filled with hesitation and resistance is better than letting bitterness have its way with your heart.  The sum total of even the smallest inklings and considerations of forgiveness is always better than one moment of full-on bitterness.”- Lysa TerKeurst In Chapter 14 (“Living the Practice of Forgiveness Every Day”), […]


Crystal clear – God sees it all

By Dave Henning / March 17, 2021

“God sees it all crystal clear.  He’s never unsure or afraid or intimidated by the gaps.  He allows missing pieces so that we don’t have to do it all on our own.  This is where His provision fits in.  He always sees the shape of the missing pieces and gives us a portion of Himself, […]


Stop watching the clouds – seed them

By Dave Henning / February 2, 2020

“At some point, you’ve got to stop watching the clouds.  The technical term is nephelococcygia, in case you care.  If you have a dream that is gathering dust, you need to seed the clouds with a step of faith.”- Mark Batterson “Whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the clouds will not […]


Our present life

By Dave Henning / April 30, 2016

“Our present life feels like a real fight as if there was something pretty wild in the universe which we needed to redeem.”-William James In Chapter 5 (“Bold Authority”) of Moving Mountains, John Eldredge comments on words that get tacked onto the end of many prayers, yet seem to lack little of their original punch-“In […]


A great and difficult task

By Dave Henning / March 14, 2016

“When you have a great and difficult task, something perhaps almost impossible, if you only work a little at a time, every day a little, suddenly the work will finish itself.”- Isak Dinesen When June Hunt teaches on forgiveness, she often issues this directive: “If you have never ever prayed the Lord’s Prayer please raise […]


Less is more

By Dave Henning / July 7, 2015

“Give us this day our daily bread.”- Matthew 6:11 “When God gives a vision, He makes provision.”- Mark Batterson Commenting on the above petition from the Lord’s Prayer at the beginning of Chapter 14 (“Lord Algebra”) of The Grave Robber, Mark Batterson wryly observes that we really wish the word daily was replaced with weekly, […]


The deadly peril of familiarity

By Dave Henning / December 30, 2014

In Chapter 8 of Prayer, Timothy Keller embarks on a detailed discussion of the Lord’s Prayer.  That discussion covers the address, the seven petitions, and the ascription.  The address and first petition are presented today. Pastor Keller prefaces his discussion with the assertion that the Lord’s Prayer is an untapped resource, partially because it is […]

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