Cotton Patch Praying

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"Once Jesus was in a certain place praying. As he finished, one of his disciples came to him and said, 'Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.' Jesus said, 'This is how you should pray: “Father, may your name be kept holy. May your Kingdom come soon. Give us each day the food we need, and forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us. And don’t let us yield to temptation."'" - Luke 11:1-4 NLT

Clarence Jordan was a student of agriculture and New Testament Greek, famous for having founded Koinonia Farm in Americus, Georgia, a pioneering interracial farming community in the Deep South. In the 1960s, he and his dedicated followers braved violence, as well as legal and economic reprisals, as they made their colony a success. He also studied the New Testament and wrote a modern translation with a Southern accent, called the Cotton Patch Gospel.

I have just wrapped up a seven-week preaching series on the Lord's Prayer, so this illustration caught my attention. See how you enjoy the Cotton Patch version of the Lord's Prayer, from the Gospel of Luke:

"Father, may your name be taken seriously. May your Movement spread. Sustaining bread grant us each day. And free us from our sins, even as we release everyone indebted to us. And don’t let us get all tangled up." (Proclaim Publishing Sermon Illustrations, 2018)
May 21 2018