The lord’s Prayer – The most quoted and used prayer in the English Language. It is creatively illustrated in books, stylised in literature and used in funerals and often said rote at prayer meetings and used as endings on meditations etc. It is familiar. I have read books on how to analyse the various parts to get ‘deeper meaning’ etc.
Let’s really be blessed as we truly think on what a Gift from God this Prayer really is!
When Jesus answered the request……Lord teach us to pray. His disciples must have been STUNNED. He did not pray the traditional Jewish Prayer …God of our fathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. etc.
He said……. you will pray……..Our Father in Heaven. ie because of Me …not My Father or your Father…..OUR FATHER.
Never through our own efforts but because of His Death and Resurrection and the coming to the earth of His Spirit only His Followers can ever pray…..OUR FATHER .
This is our God…..FATHER, SON and HOLY SPIRIT.
We are called to Love in His Name all the peoples of the world. In spite of race, gender, colour and creed all are children BUT there can be no compromise on WHO our God really is!!
Others may indeed pray to the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and all the forefathers from generations past. Jew, Gentile Buddhist, Hindu, Islamic – all our His children.
BUT…….Only the covenantal sacrificial death and resurrection has won for believers this beautiful and wonderful truth.
In Christ alone. Our God is……..
Let’s really think on this one. If you follow the Shepherd you must KNOW absolutely what you believe.
Shine a Light of Hope wherever you travel.