Re-Finding the Lord’s Prayer
For many of us, The Lord’s Prayer is as easy to recite as it is to breathe. We grew up on this prayer, and because of its familiarity, it has lost its meaning. The words spill from our mouth, but our brains and hearts are not in it. That’s what happens with ordinary, everyday things… they lose their luster and worth. The new car, after a year, is just a car, right?
There is no magic in mechanical recitation. However, if you really read the words of The Lord’s Prayer, you can see how it covers all our basic needs with such simplistic beauty. There is no pomp or circumstance, no highfalutin language to grapple with, just a modest prayer that gives us a roadmap on which to design our own prayers.
It begins with the glorifying of God and ends with our own needs. And although the Lord’s Prayer is a perfect example, it’s merely a blueprint given to us by God. He understands that there can be a monumental chasm when broaching a conversation between the mortal and the divine and chose to help us along with an example.
It also does not need to be a rigid, formulaic process. Some people talk to God regularly, as if they are old friends, while others choose to pray in a more conventional format.
God does not care, as long as you pray!
PRAY THEN LIKE THIS: ‘OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN, HALLOWED BE YOUR NAME. YOUR KINGDOM COME, YOUR WILL BE DONE, ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN. GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD, AND FORGIVE US OUR DEBTS, AS WE ALSO HAVE FORGIVEN OUR DEBTORS. AND LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION, BUT DELIVER US FROM EVIL.’