German pastor and theologian, Dietrich Bonhoeffer unfolds his understanding of the Lord’s Prayer in his classic book, The Cost of Discipleship. Here our his introductory words…

Jesus told his disciples not only how to pray, but also what to pray. The Lord’s Prayer is not merely the pattern prayer, it is the way Christian must pray. If they pray this prayer, God will certainly hear them. The Lord’s Prayer is the quintessence of prayer. A disciple’s prayer is founded on and circumscribed by it. Once again Jesus does not leave his disciples in ignorance; he teaches them the Lord’s Prayer and so leads them to a clear understanding of prayer (165).

In the coming days, we will look at Bonhoeffer’s interpretation of the Lord’s Prayer