"Prayer is not some battering ram by which we gain entrance to God's treasury," wrote H. Hobbs, in his Matthew commentary. "It is a receptacle by which we receive that which He already longs to give us." So far, our Lord, in such simple profundity, has given us a systematic theology of prayer. We have access to the one true God, creator of heaven and earth, because, through the saving sacrifice and mediation of Christ, we have been made sons of God and co-heirs of Christ. Paul put it this way: "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in him," heading the list with election, adoption, redemption, faith, and sealing, with the Holy Spirit given as "a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God's possession—to the praise of his glory" (Eph. 1:3-14).
Michael Horton is the J. Gresham Machen professor of apologetics and systematic theology at Westminster Seminary California (Escondido, California), host of the White Horse Inn, national radio broadcast, and editor-in-chief of Modern Reformation magazine. He is author of many books, including The Gospel-Driven Life, Christless Christianity, People and Place, Putting Amazing Back Into Grace, The Christian Faith, and For Calvinism.
Issue: "The Lord's Prayer" July/August 1993 Vol. 2 No. 4 Page number(s): 24-27
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