The Lord's Prayer is the only prayer explicitly given by Christ Jesus to humanity, teaching us how to pray. It appears in the gospels of Matthew 6:9-13 and Luke 11:2-4.
It has seven petitions that correspond to the seven main bodily principles of Man, that mankind is developing in the current solar system evolution.
The fourth stage of the Earth corresponds to the fourth pivotal element of the I that gives self-consciousness. The principle that the Christ infused, pure love or budhi, is only for Mankind to develop fully on the planet Future Venus. However there will already be stages where this comes to the foreground, already on the next planetary stage of Future Jupiter, and even on Earth in the sixth epoch (after the 'war of all against all' that will conclude the current fifth epoch).
The guidelines in the Lord's Prayer pray to the divine spiritual realities and one's own higher self for the correct, appropriate, balanced, good development of all structural elements in our constitution, and it does this in the most simple form possible.
Also see the Sermon on the Mount.
Schema FMC00.095 below links the seven petitions of the Lord's Prayer to the seven principles of Man and the 'higher self' (triangle) and 'lower self', with short keywords of spiritual scientific concepts and meaning linked to each phrase. On the right the symbol of the rose cross. The Rosecrucian symbol shows the seven principles as roses (future evolution) arising against the background carrier of the black wooden cross (representing the dying).
Lecture coverage and references
the Lord's Prayer will still have meaning when thousands and thousands of years will have passed
In 1907-03-06-GA097 is also covered the 'for yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory', explained as three stages in the realm of the spirit and specifically related (editor intepretation) to the three stages of a) SoW, SoM and SoF, b) the Cherubim and Seraphim, and c) the Godhead itself.
Note that as per FMC00.093, Power-Kingdom-Glory are the esoteric christian terms for CoC-CoL-CoF.
The reverse prayer
1913-10-05-GA148 in the Fifth Gospel tells about a scene in Jesus life at about age 24, an experience of hearing Bath Kol (the spirit that had inspired Jewish prophets) with the words which represents the reverse of the Lord's Prayer.
Occult obligations exist! And following one such occult obligation I disclosed what Jesus of Nazareth heard from the transformed voice of Bath Kol. He heard the words:
Witness of the severing I,
Selfhood's guilt by others owed,
In daily bread now felt,
In which heaven's will be not done,
For man deserted your kingdom,
And forgot your names,
You fathers in the heavens.
A prayer after MoG
1916-01-02-GA165 contains a prayer by Christ after the Mystery of Golgotha, as pointed out after the prayer text (for background see also the page 'After the resurrection'),
‘Oh, ye Powers in the spiritual world,
let me in my physical body be conscious in the world of Light,
let me be in the Light so as to perceive my own light-body,
and let not the power of the Ahrimanic forces be too strong for me,
so as to prevent me from beholding what takes place in my light-body.’
Once more I will repeat what a soul by whom these Powers are to some extent recognised in the spiritual world, might say in longing, in a kind of prayer:
‘Oh, ye Powers,
let me consciously, in the light,
from out of and by the light behold the occurrences within my own light-body;
weaken and take away the power of the Ahrimanic forces which obscure them.
Let me consciously by the light perceive my own light,
and remove the force that hinders me from seeing the light from out of and by the light.’
What I have just repeated to you is not simply an invented prayer, but it was thus that Christ taught those to pray who were able to understand Him after He had passed through the Mystery of Golgotha, during that time when He still lingered among His most intimate disciples.
These things were learnt by the intimate disciples of Jesus Christ during the time I have indicated. They were well aware how all things I have mentioned were brought about, and were instructed in all these matters during the time that Christ held intercourse with them after the Mystery of Golgotha.
As described in 1907-02-04-GA097: essential in prayer is the basic mood of 'not my will but your will be done', giving ourselves up to the will of the divine rather than our egotistical desires originating from wishes, wants, needs. The seven petitions 'start with the end in mind' .. atman, the will .. sacrifice as the purpose of evolution.
References and further reading
- Friedrich Rittelmeyer: Das Vaterunser (1935)
- Fred Poeppig: Das Vaterunser als Menschheits- und Erkenntnisgebet (1956)
- Valentin Tomberg: The course on the Lord's Prayer, Vol. 1 to 4 (2008-2016 in EN)
- Peter Selg: The Lord's Prayer and Rudolf Steiner (2014)