Friday, July 15, 2005

The Lord's Prayer Corrected (if mission is stricken)

This creative and deadly insightful version of The Lord's Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13) appeared in the 1912 missionary publication, The Korea Mission Field. My thanks to Dr. and Mrs. Samuel Moffett for spotting this gem. I've reproduced it as it was printed.


For the use of the man who doesn't believe in Missions.

Our Father Who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be Thy Name.
Kingdom come.
Will be done on Earth
it is in Heaven.
Give us (me) this day our (my) daily bread.
And forgive us (me) our (my) debts,
we forgive our debtors.
And lead us (me) not into temptation,
But deliver us (me) from evil:*
Thine is the Kingdom,
the power,
the glory,
. Amen.

* Interestingly, the 1912 version didn't strike the words "from evil" (which I have). Perhaps in 1912 an acknowledgement of evil was so pervasive no one would have linked it with mission?

-- Dave


At 9:15 AM, Blogger Classical Presbyterian said...

Thanks for this challenge to our thinking! I've said the prayer thousands of times, but this casts a new light yet again on the deep riches in the Word of God! Its yet another good answer to the why of being a follower of Christ: to go, serve and tell about Him!

At 8:15 PM, Blogger Apostle John said...

I happen to be preaching on the Lord's Prayer later this year, a series. Good thoughts here :)

At 8:45 PM, Blogger Apostle John said...

I put together on my blog a list of churches effected by Katrina. Let me know if you know of any other congregations that need to be added.

At 8:07 PM, Anonymous neil said...

Dave, love the post.


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