One of the disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray.
He replied, "this, then, is how you should pray:"
Jesus gives the Our Father to his disciples as the perfect prayer coming from the heart of God's children, expressing as it does, what they should ask and the order in which the requests should be made. Actually, we have two texts of the Our Father; Luke's text is shorter. Many hold that Matthew gives a slightly enlarged formula and better composed which was generally used in the first Christian generation, but this is not at all certain. In Matthew's text there are twelve verses expressing seven petitions: two perfect numbers. Three (God's number) that refers to God, four (earth's number) that refers to our needs. In the language spoken by Jesus, the key word is come. (Source: The Christian Community Bible Catholic Pastoral Edition)
The Christian Community Bible Catholic Pastoral Edition has a very good commentary on this perfect prayer. My project is to post them here part by part. Just click the links as soon as they become available. :)
God bless us, people of God, children of the Almighty! :)