The Lord's Prayer is So Old Testament

The Lord's Prayer is an Old Testament prayer.

You know the story. Jesus' disciples came to him and asked, "Lord, teach us how to pray," and he responded with what we call the Lord's Prayer. But did you ever consider the fact that Jesus was sent to the Jews (Matthew 15:24), and he was speaking to disciples who were Jews?

When Jesus answered his disciples, he answered in context. The Torah (the Jewish law) was still in effect and it was proper for Jews to pray according to it. Take a look at John 15:24. There, Jesus is about to offer himself on the cross and he revisits the question of prayer and announces a new way to pray based on the work of his crucifixion and resurrection. 

Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.

Still don't believe me? Let me show you just how grounded the Lord's Prayer is in the Torah (Old Testament).

Our Father
Isaiah 63:16; 64:8

Who Art in Heaven 
2 Chronicles 20:6; Psalm 115:3; Isaiah 57:15; 66:1

Hallowed by thy name
Leviticus 10:3; 22:32; 2 Samuel 7:26; 1 Kings 8:43; 1 Chronicles 17:24; Nehemiah 9:5; Psalm 72:19; 111:19; Isaiah 6:3; 29:23: 37:20; Ezekiel 36:23; 38:23; Hab. 2:4; Zech. 14:9; Mal. 1:11; 4:2

Thy kingdom come 
Daniel 2:44; 7:13, 14, 27; Psalm 2:6; Isaiah 2:2-4; 9:6, 7; Jeremiah 23:5; Zechariah 9:9

Thy will be done
Psalm 40:3; Ezra 7:18; Daniel 4:35; Psalm 143:10

On earth as it is in heaven
Daniel 4:35; Nehemiah 9:6; Psalm 103:19-22

Give us this day our daily bread
Proverbs 30:8; Exodus 16:16; Job 23:12; Psalm 34:10; Isaiah 33:16; Ezra 3:4

And forgive us our debts
Exodus 34:7; 1 Kings 8:30-50; Psalm 32:1; 103:3-12; 130:4; Daniel 9:4-19; Jeremiah 31:34; 36:3; 2 Chronicles 6:21

As we forgive our debtors
Nehemiah 5:12, 13; Genesis 50:17; 1 Samuel 25:28, 29; Deuteronomy 15:2

And lead us not into temptation
Isaiah 3:12; 9:16; Proverbs 16:29; 8:20; Psalm 125:5; 27:11; Genesis 22:1; Deut. 8:2; Proverbs 30:8

But deliver us from evil
1 Chronicles 4:10; Psalm 121:7, 8; Jeremiah 15:21; Psalm 56:13

For thine is the kingdom
1 Chronicles 29:11; Psalm 145:13; Daniel 4:34, 35

And the Power
1 Chronicles 29:11

And the glory
1 Chronicles 29:11; Daniel 7:14

For ever and ever.
Daniel 7:18

Bring your prayer life into the New Testament, and pray in Jesus' name. You'll be glad you did (that your joy may be full).

GospelPeter Smythe