THE BEATITUDES AND THE LORD’S PRAYER
After studying the Beatitudes one by one, we looked at them together to see whether they form some kind of unified whole. This led us to see the connection between the Beatitudes and the fruit of the Spirit. Today, we will consider another kind of relationship, and it is the connection between the Beatitudes and the Lord’s Prayer.
We mentioned at the conclusion of our last lesson that the Beatitudes should be for the Christian an object of prayer. We pray to God that He helps us to become the kind of person described in the Beatitudes: poor in spirit, able to mourn for sins, meek, hungry for righteousness… We know that by ourselves, we cannot be like that. And so, we are asking God that He would give us the grace and the power to become a man and a woman characterized by these spiritual qualities.