The Lord’s Prayer

Many of us say the Lord’s Prayer, especially when we go to Church on a Sunday.

But, how many of us, I wonder, repeat this powerful prayer in an almost robotic fashion?

Do we ever think about the words which we are repeating out loud?

Our Father

Thus the great and powerful prayer begins. This simple, yet tremendous, greeting establishes instantly, without any question or doubt, who is praying and to whom the prayer is addressed.

Which art in heaven

This tells us where the God ‘lives’ to whom our prayer is addressed.

Jesus said clearly that the Kingdom of God, the Kingdom of Heaven, was not in this mountain or that temple, but “within you.” In other words, we don’t have to run after it physically. And where we pray doesn’t matter a great deal as long as we worship the Father in spirit and in truth.

Hallowed be Thy name

It is God we honour. We are not praying to impress men, nor do we put our trust in material things or in persons. We are observing the first commandment given by God to Moses: “Thou shall have no other gods before me.”

Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven

This tells us to stop giving orders or making selfish requests and ask simply that as in Heaven, so on earth, the Kingdom of God be manifest in our life. By surrendering, we place ourselves completely under His grace, and we bring the entire world, all sick and suffering humanity, into the care of a loving Father who alone knows how to achieve a harmonious kingdom.

Give us this day our daily bread

As to the when of our prayers, we accept the fact that today, this minute, is all that we  have to be concerned about.

Yesterday is gone, tomorrow has not arrived; and when it does, it will be now. The release from tension and anxiety is tremendous when we stop worrying about yesterday or tomorrow.

We must focus on today, and pray today, as our actual moment of contact with God.

And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us

We must also ask forgiveness and receive freedom from all sense of guilt. But we shall not obtain our own release until we have forgiven people who have done us wrong.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil

We seek to renounce all that is not of God. We say – and mean – that we wish to walk in His way, and to sin no more. What we are praying for is true peace of mind, and serenity of soul.

We are also asking God to protect us from the evil one (Satan).

For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever, and ever. Amen

Why do we pray?

Because God is  in control of  everyone and everything, in all, through all.

All things are His and we are His.

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When you next say the Lord’s Prayer, please take time to think and understand of what you are praying.

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

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