Day 147 – Our Father
On: March 27, 2015   |   By: admin   |   Under: Blog   |   Comments: Comments are off

One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” He said to them, “When you pray, say: “ ‘Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation.’” Luke 11:1-4

Like much in the world of religion, the Lord’s Prayer can be meaningless, an empty recitation of well known words. The words were given by Jesus as a teaching aid and, whilst they form a beautiful prayer in themselves, they are best used as a framework for the order and content of living, daily engagement with our Heavenly Father.

Left to ourselves, we lurch straight into our shopping list of needs. But, Jesus reminds us that God is a person, whose nature is so other and more glorious than us, that we need to recognise and dwell on this before anything else. After all, if we meet the Queen, we start with a curtsy or bow, even our close friends will hear “Hi there, how’s things”, before we start our conversation. For me, a look up to the heavens or the natural world around me is a great way to remind myself of the wonderful, awe inspiring Creator God to whom I’m speaking.

Next up, and still my list must wait, is a focus on God’s priority, the extension and rule of His Kingdom on Earth. This is not a megalomanic insistence that He’s more important than us or our agendas; rather, recognition that this World will only change if it’s inhabitants look to Him, the very giver and sustainer of life.

Then, and only then, should I move onto my own material needs, forgiveness and spiritual protection.

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. Matthew 6:9-13

Prayer:

Holy Spirit, please breathe a daily freshness into my relationship with my Heavenly Father, that I may avoid falling into dry repetitiveness. Amen

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