What do you think may be the single set of words spoken more often than any other in the course of our world’s history? The Lord’s Prayer must be very high on any compiled list, included in Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 6:9-13).
We can hear and say daily the words of this prayer everywhere: publicly at school, at work or at church and in the privacy of our homes. We can say it either on our own or with others. It enables us to come face-to-face with our heavenly Father, to open our hearts and minds to him and sense him listening to, loving and caring for us. Everything that we need is contained within this “prayer of prayers”.
Although the Lord’s Prayer is very familiar to Christians, such familiarity perhaps makes it rather an untapped resource. We can each seek to meditate more on what it says and means.
For instance, if I just consider its first two words and the address to “Our Father”. “Our” rather than “My” instructs me that I cannot know God only on my own but must do so in community with others. Calling God “Father” is to pray in Jesus’ name, as can I be really so bold as to claim to be his child unless I am adopted through Christ’s redeeming grace? If all Christians are then his sons and daughters, it also makes us brothers and sisters in Christ, whatever our generation.
Something to remember perhaps this Eastertide and as we prepare to join the global wave of prayer for Thy Kingdom Come between Ascension and Pentecost.