Duality in Lord’s Prayer

Tomorrow morning’s lectionary reading includes Luke’s version of the Lord’s Prayer, a straight to the point version compared to the Matthew 6 version usually recited by Christians. Matthew’s version seems to come in couplets, with each concept being backed up with a second phrase. Looking through the Luke version, though, I’m picking up the ways in which dualities are tied together in Jesus’ approach to public prayer.

Our Father (Abba/Daddy) – implying a personal relationship, knowing and being known, loving and being loved.
Holy be your name – implying a sense of God being the unknowable other, whose mysterious nature cannot be fathomed by our words.

Your kingdom come – aligning ourselves with God’s design for the world we live in.
Give us our daily bread – honestly recognising our vulnerabilities and needs.

Forgive us our sins for we also forgive everyone who sins against us – trusting in God’s capacity to give us and others a new start.
Lead us not into temptation – letting go our naivety about our potential to go astray.

Implications? I’m thinking about ways to hold these dualities together in public worship. And also other dualities that we hold together in action and reflection, transcendent and immanent, silence and sound, imagination and seeking the facts.

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