Hauerwas on the Lord’s Prayer

But the disciples also pray that what the Father has willed in his Son will be done over the whole earth. To pray that God’s will be done is to pray that our wills be schooled to desire that God’s will be done. Our wills, the will of the world, will nail Jesus to the cross. But God defeated our willfulness, making it possible for us to pray that God’s will be done on earth.

That is why we should not ask for more than our daily bread. Only on the basis of the work of Christ is it possible for us to ask for no more than our daily bread. Just as God supplied Israel daily with bread in the wilderness, so followers of Jesus have been given all they need in order to learn to depend on one another on a daily basis. Without the community that Jesus has called into existence, we are tempted to hoard, to store up resources, in a vain effort to insure safety and security. Of course our effort to live without risk not only results in injustice, but it also makes our own lives anxious, fearing that we never have enough (Matt. 6:19-21). In truth, we can never have enough if what we want is the bread that the devil offered Jesus. But Jesus is good news to the poor (11:4), for he has brought into existence a people who ask for no more than their daily bread. (Matthew, 78).

Matthew 27:22-23

“What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called Christ?” Pilate asked.
They all answered, “Crucify him!”
“Why? What crime has he committed?” asked Pilate.
But they shouted all the louder, “Crucify him!”

For me, this text conjures up a painful image of harsh faces shouting uncontrollably and violently. Yet what most strikes me about this image is that I must count myself among them—not only because I am marred by sin and so would have this innocent man crucified anyway, but because I actually need this Jesus to be crucified. It breaks me to recognize that I must shout with this crowd, “Crucify him!” It would be a terrible injustice, a terrible sin, to demand the death of an innocent man, as Pilate asks, “What crime has he committed?”—how much more the death of God Himself! Yet astonishingly, it is because of this greatest of sins, the demand that my God must die, that I am finally released from my sin. The death of God secures my own life, the illumination of my blind state and the liberation from my own dark heart. Because of this, I must cry with the crowd, with trembling heart, “Crucify him!”