Prayer for the Week

O Lord, make us have perpetual love and reverence for your holy Name, for you never fail to help and govern those whom you have set upon the sure foundation of your loving­kindness.

Through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.


About Scot McKnight

Scot McKnight is a recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. McKnight, author of more than fifty books, is the Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL.

  • David Housholder

    Thank you for the prayers you post, Scott. Can we probe a bit into this one?

    The first paragraph is addressed “O Lord”. But in the 2nd para Jesus Christ is Lord and is distinguished from “you” who must be The Father. As we pray, how do we we honor the triune God? Our language often seems, to me, to assume a hierarchy.

  • scotmcknight

    Thanks David. The prayers on Sunday come from the Book of Common Prayer. The concluding part of the prayers is always Trinitarian. I would imagine different liturgists would offer different explanations for the referent of “Lord” but there would be no reason for it not to be the same as “God” (Father, Son and Spirit). I see no evidence of hierarchy, however.

    And one might see the first “Lord” as Father, since Christian prayer tends to be to the Father, through the Son and in the Spirit.