Tuesday, March 31, 2009
The Lords Prayer
Ever notice that the Lords Prayer hasn't one single I,Me, or My in it? The Lords Prayer is our model for daily prayer. The Lord told us explicitly to pray it daily. We do. As a family every morning before my husband goes to work we all pray the Lords prayer together.
I used to feel a bit uncomfy reciting it because that is how I spoke it for most of my life as a recitation in the Catholic church. It was part of the ritual. Real monotone and depressed sounding, we recited it often. That has changed and the prayer has taken on a new meaning for me.
First its *OUR* Father in a corporate sense. I think right there from the very beginning of the prayer God wants to remind us that we are not the only ones in need. We are so selfish sometimes. Try praying without saying I,me or my. Its hard. Our Father..... . There are others in this world.
Then praise and let Your kingdom come, Your will God....then finally we get to ask for our own needs....give us this day.....but even then it is not just MY needs its *US* and *OUR*.