Red Letter Day 7: Our Father
2015 Lent Blog
Tuesday February 24
“This, then, is how you should pray: `Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.'”
I have several times asked people of the church what is the most well known and memorized passage of scripture? They usually say John 3:16 or the 23 Psalm. The reality is that more people know this passage than any other portion of scripture although they may not know it comes from here in Matthew in the Sermon on the Mount. There is also a shorter version in Luke chapter 11. This prayer, known throughout the church as the “Lord’s Prayer,” touches on the essence of our faith in a short few verses. The five themes this prayer deals with are: our relationship with God; the will of God for us and the world; our daily needs; our relationships with neighbors; and future life and direction.
The most revolutionary aspect of this prayer is the opening two words, “Our Father.” Jesus has that relationship with the Father and he shares that with us. One of the ways of explaining the magnitude of Jesus’ work and the result it brings is adoption. We know what adoption is in our everyday lives with children not having suitable parents. Adoption says I love you and I want to care for you. That is what I hear God say every time is say these two opening words of the Lord’s Prayer.
In Christ’s Service,