For those of you who are learning to pray:
Reflect on this in prayer time:
The disciples asked Jesus how to pray...He answered:
Pray then like this: "Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day 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 evil." (Matthew 6:9-13)
In some ways, the rote-ness of this prayer may steal its potency.
But pray this multiple times this week focusing on what all this prayer conveys.
Our Father (It's corporate not private...He's Father/we're children)
In Heaven (He is divine (we aren't)
Hallowed (He's Worthy of Worship...We aren't))
Be Your Name (His...Not ours)
Your kingdom come (He's King...we're not)
Your will be done (He's Sovereign...we're not)
On earth as it is in Heaven (He's a God who gets involved in the here and now)
Give us this day our daily bread (He is provider/we are provided for)
And forgive us our trespasses (Redemption is on Him/not us)
As we forgive others (We are called to go and do likewise)
And lead us not into temptation (He protects, we're protected)
but deliver us from evil (He delivers, we're delivered)
Amen. (So be it)
So it begins!!