The model prayer taught by Jesus the Christ in Matthew 6:7-13 is essentially a prayer for development. It has two parts which summarize the commandments and reflect the model of relationship. In a way, it speaks of the spirituality which Jesus taught – personal and social, collective or communal spirituality.
The First Part pertains to our Relationship with God: “Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven”. Take note of the use of plural words in the prayer: our, we, us. It reveals the inclusiveness of Jesus as against the exclusivist attitude which he abhors. He wants us to be generous, not selfish.
The second part is model of relationship with humanity which comprises the three core values of development,namely: life sustenance,self esteem and freedom from servitude.
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