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Heaven is God's space, where God's writ runs and God's future purposes are waiting in the wings.


Earth is our world, our space. Think of the vision at the end of the Book of Revelation. It isn't about humans being snatched up from earth to heaven. The holy city, new Jerusalem, comes down from heaven to earth. God's space and ours are finally married, integrated at last.

Living the Lord's Prayer by Rowan Williams

That is what we pray for when we pray "thy kingdom come. Jesus, contemporaries were longing for God to become King. Putting it bluntly, they were fed up with the other Kings they'd had for long enough. As far as they were concerned, the Roman emperors were a curse, and the Herodian dynasty was a joke. It was time for the true God, the true King, to step into history, to take the power and the glory, to claim the kingdom for his own.

The prophets had promised it. Zechariah: YHWH will come, and all his saints with him. Malachi with more than a tinge of warning : The Lord, whom ye seek, will suddenly come to his temple.

And, towering over them all, Isaiah: There will be a highway in the wilderness; the valleys and mountains will be flattened out; the glory of YHWH shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together. Zion hears her watchmen shouting, "Here is your God! This is the kingdom-message Jesus lived by; this prophetic vision is the basis of the Lord's Prayer. When Jesus bid the twelve to come and follow him, he meant first and foremost that they should follow him with their minds and hearts.

This is why when they asked him to teach them to pray in Luke 11, he did not give them a system of behaviors, as they expected him to give them. He did not tell them what time to wake up and pray, or how long they should pray, or where they should pray, or in what position.

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He did not instruct them to squint their eyes, clasp their hands, purse their lips, or bend their knees. In fact, the prayer that he gave them to pray in response to their earnest request must have disappointed them at first. This is all that you can give us? A prayer that is to be chanted by children at bed time?

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As they examine each familiar phrase of the Lord's Prayer, readers will uncover a profound framework for spiritual growth. In a reader-friendly, memorable style, David Timms points to Jesus's teaching on community, love for the broken and isolated, holiness in an age of profanity, dealing with the evil within, resisting temptations, and much more.

This critically acclaimed book will appeal to all who desire to go deeper into spiritual formation, helping them taste the life-giving water that only Jesus can provide. The new discussion guide makes it a great book for small groups as well as individuals.

Living the Lord’s Prayer

David has been a church planter, pastor, and trainer of pastors for twenty-five years. His e-zine, In Hope, shares his reflections on Christian leadership and spiritual formation. He and his wife, Kim, have three sons and live in Fullerton, California. Customer Reviews Average Review. See All Customer Reviews.

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