Monday, March 18, 2013

The Lord's Prayer

Monday morning.
When asked how we should pray, Jesus offered words we now refer to as The Lord’s Prayer. While milking a few days ago, I reflected on this prayer and for whatever reason noticed a few things that hadn’t occurred to me.
First, the prayer:
Our Father, which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy will be done in earth,
As it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive them that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
The power, and the glory,
For ever and ever.
I had long recognized the surrender of personal need/want to the will of God, implying trust in the goodness of our maker and his superior knowledge.
But what escaped me until recently is the plural nature of the prayer. It’s not forgive me, but rather, forgive us.
We, not me....

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