The Lord's Prayer - A new addition to the Jesus Collection

The Lord's Prayer

- A new addition to the New Jesus Paintings gallery

The Lord's Prayer by Harold CoppingDear TruthBook Friends and Family,

Of all the things that people know and love about Jesus, The Lord's Prayer surely ranks right up at the top. Jesus left so little behind him of a material nature-no writings, no books, no works of art-but he did leave a simple prayer that has endured through the centuries, a prayer that is learned by little children everywhere and recited by the faithful countless times each day.

It is its beautiful simplicity that endears this prayer to so many. In very few words, this prayer re-connects the soul with its maker and refreshes the mind with forgiveness and a realization of God's presence in the day-to-day life.

Our new work of fine art at TruthBook.com is a commemoration of that beautiful prayer and a celebration of the occasion of its delivery to the apostles. This is an original painting that was created by 20th century artist, Harold Copping, and it is called The Lord's Prayer.

Harold Copping (25 August 1863–1 July 1932) was a British artist best known as an illustrator of Biblical scenes. His 1910 book The Copping Bible illustrated by Copping himself became a best-seller in its day. It is our good fortune to have been able to add this wonderful work to the Jesus collection, and we offer it here for your appreciation.

In this scene, we see the Master teaching his prayer to the apostles-the very prayer that he had taught to his brothers and sisters years before in the Nazareth home. Here is the complete story from The Urantia Book: The Believer's Prayer

But the apostles were not yet satisfied; they desired Jesus to give them a model prayer which they could teach the new disciples. After listening to this discourse on prayer, James Zebedee said: “Very good, Master, but we do not desire a form of prayer for ourselves so much as for the newer believers who so frequently beseech us, ‘Teach us how acceptably to pray to the Father in heaven.’”

When James had finished speaking, Jesus said: “If, then, you still desire such a prayer, I would present the one which I taught my brothers and sisters in Nazareth”

Our Father who is in heaven,
Hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come; your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our bread for tomorrow;
Refresh our souls with the water of life.
And forgive us every one our debts
As we also have forgiven our debtors.
Save us in temptation, deliver us from evil,
And increasingly make us perfect like yourself.

It is not strange that the apostles desired Jesus to teach them a model prayer for believers. John the Baptist had taught his followers several prayers; all great teachers had formulated prayers for their pupils. The religious teachers of the Jews had some twenty-five or thirty set prayers which they recited in the synagogues and even on the street corners. Jesus was particularly averse to praying in public. Up to this time the twelve had heard him pray only a few times. They observed him spending entire nights at prayer or worship, and they were very curious to know the manner or form of his petitions. They were really hard pressed to know what to answer the multitudes when they asked to be taught how to pray as John had taught his disciples.

Jesus taught the twelve always to pray in secret; to go off by themselves amidst the quiet surroundings of nature or to go in their rooms and shut the doors when they engaged in prayer.

After Jesus’ death and ascension to the Father it became the practice of many believers to finish this so-called Lord’s prayer by the addition of—“In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.” Still later on, two lines were lost in copying, and there was added to this prayer an extra clause, reading: “For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forevermore.”

Jesus gave the apostles the prayer in collective form as they had prayed it in the Nazareth home. He never taught a formal personal prayer, only group, family, or social petitions. And he never volunteered to do that.

Jesus taught that effective prayer must be:

  1. Unselfish—not alone for oneself.
  2. Believing—according to faith.
  3. Sincere—honest of heart.
  4. Intelligent—according to light.
  5. Trustful—in submission to the Father’s all-wise will.

When Jesus spent whole nights on the mountain in prayer, it was mainly for his disciples, particularly for the twelve. The Master prayed very little for himself, although he engaged in much worship of the nature of understanding communion with his Paradise Father.

Almost everyone has heard of the Our Father, or, The Lord's Prayer. It is a staple of this world's Christian heritage and practice. So, when you share this new picture and its story with your Christian friends and family, they'll find it comfortingly familiar but also new and fresh, as the story in The Urantia Book is rich in detail and contains even further teachings about the role of prayer in the believer's spiritual life. For lovers of Jesus, the Urantia Book narrative of his life never disappoints. These stories from the Master's life will continue to inspire and instruct generations to come.

We hope you like this new acquisition for the growing Mo and Jennifer Siegel Collection, where it will reside in our online gallery for your enjoyment at any time. Just like the stories of the revelation, this wonderful collection of fine-art portrayals of Jesus' life is also meant for succeeding generations, and we are happy that you can share our joy when we are able to add new works.

Sincerely,
Your TruthBook Team