In order to get a proper understanding of this or any of the petitions contained in "Lord's Prayer" it is necessary to understand the context in which Jesus is offering these prayer instructions. From the very outset of his instruction Jesus uses the medium of contrast in outlining our relationships with God. Therefore, we see the image of a holy, sovereign and sufficient father, contrasted with sinful, dependent children. Each petition can be understood through this contrast.
Pastor Kenneth Jones is a native of Los Angeles, California. He attended high school in Gardena, CA and Pepperdine University Malibu. He was ordained to the pastorate in 1983 and has served as Pastor of the Greater Union Baptist Church in Compton, California for the past eighteen years. He is a frequent conference speaker as well as a contributing writer for Modern Reformation and Table Talk magazines. He established the Compton Academy for Protestant Studies and is on the Board of Directors of The Rafiki Foundation. Pastor Jones and his wife Lisa have been married for 28 years and are the parents of one son.
Issue: "The Lord's Prayer" July/August 1993 Vol. 2 No. 4 Page number(s): 22-23
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