The Lord’s Prayer
9Pray then in this way: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.10Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.11Give us this day our daily bread. 12And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13And do not bring us to the time of trial, but rescue us from the evil one.”
Prayer is the opening of one’s heart and soul in a conversation with God, and thus is an expression of faith in relationship with God. In response to his disciples’ request “Lord, teach us to pray,” Jesus gives them this which becomes the fundamental Christian prayer.
In calling God our “Father,” we are accepted as children of God. In recognizing God as holy, we are respectful of God’s plan for us. The Kingdom of God comes in Christ’s Passion, death, Resurrection and Ascension. When we ask that God’s will be done, we are looking for help with our inherent weak nature. Our bread is life’s required nourishment both material and spiritual. We are to forgive as God forgives us. In our final petition we ask to be delivered from the evils that overwhelm humanity.
This prayer, used universally in Christian communities, summarizes how Christ wants us to live our lives. By respecting and trusting in God, we are given all that we need. We are asked to be humble and forgiving. Jesus freely gave himself up to death to give us his life. What a comfort this should be! The prayer joins us as Christians and makes us part of a special community. Perhaps, this is why the prayer has been adopted by so many self-help groups as part of their recovery process. When we turn our life over to God, we are able to be free. Free of burden, resentment and striving for earthly things. We can learn to feel God’s presence in our lives and find the gift of peace and the grace of perseverance.
Thank you for another day to be part of God’s holy family. Let me truly be thankful for the sacrifices made for me by his son Jesus Christ. In remembering his life, let me love as I am loved and be grateful for all I have been given. Trusting in God’s will, let me live each day to the fullest. Amen.