SUBTITLE: Reflections on the Lord’s Prayer
SUMMARY: Karl Barth said when we fold our hands in prayer to say the Lord’s Prayer we start the protest against the chaos of this world. And we voice this protest in communion with the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Pentecost.
In Cries for a humane life Nico Koopman leads us towards the lasting Season of Human Dignity, currently a main focus of various faith communities in South Africa. He shows us how to purposefully reflect, pray and seek together a truly humane life, because this is God’s good will for all of us.
Praying the Lord’s Prayer is crying out to God for a dignified human life for all. It is a plea for justice for all, including the whole of nature. It is a plea to the living God for a life of freedom for all. It is an appeal to God’s Spirit, the Spirit of Pentecost, to actualise and fulfil a humane life for all.
Pray and work and wait upon the Lord with us …
Introduction: The Lord’s Prayer is a prayer for a humane life
1. A cry to belong
2. A cry for a different kind of father, mother and parent
3. A cry for the Name that makes us worthy
4. A cry for the kingdom life
5. A cry for the will that changes the earth into heaven
6. A cry for daily bread
7. A cry to live as a forgiven person
8. A cry to live as a forgiving person
9. A cry to be delivered from evil
10. A cry for people whose attention are not distracted
11. A cry for an anxiety-free life
Nico Koopman is Dean of the Faculty of Theology, Director of the Beyers Naudé Centre for Public Theology, and professor of Systematic Theology at Stellenbosch University. He is also an ordained pastor of the Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa. His research focuses on the public contents, the public rationality and the public significance of Christian faith.