IT IS pretty safe to say that there is no prayer prayed more often than the one that we call The Lord’s Prayer.
It has been taught and memorised through the centuries and even if it’s been some time since you darkened the door of a church, I reckon you could still recite it all by heart – or at least mumble, with reasonable accuracy, a few of its lines.
It is a truly great prayer with such a broad sweep and it brings our most immediate, personal needs to God – as well as the widest concerns for our world.
While simple to learn, it’s also a deep prayer, one that we could pray every day of our lives and still find new meaning in.
It is a great comfort, partly because it is so well known and remembered but also because of what it teaches us about God, his care for us and his plan for the world.
You could hardly find a better model to use for prayer, which isn’t so surprising when we remember that it is exactly why Jesus taught the lines to his disciples.
You might already pray every day, or it might have been a while since you have. Whatever your current prayer life is, I would like to invite you to pray The Lord’s Prayer every day through the coming week.
I believe I can guarantee that if you join me, you will find that God has begun to answer it for you.
Just in case it’s been a while, let’s pray together now:
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come, your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and forever.
Christ Church Anglican