Most of us know this passage very well. Even people who don’t go to church seem to know what has come to be known as “The Lord’s Prayer.” You’ve probably prayed it hundreds, if not thousands, of times. But have you every slowed down long enough to think about what you’re praying?
Consider this rephrasing:
My heavenly Father. Your name is holy.
Please make things happen down here on Earth just like it is where You are in Heaven.
Provide for my needs each day,
And forgive my sins in exactly the same way that I forgive other people when they wrong me.
Also, please don’t let me be tempted, and save me from evil when it finds me. Because it’s your kingdom, your power and your glory that’s important, both now and forever. Amen.
Your exact wording may or may not be different, but it’s important to completely understand what you’re praying instead of just running through it because it’s lodged in your memory. God wants us to pray because we love Him and because we want to do things His way.
Reflection copyright © 2017 Doug DeBolt
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