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The Lord’s Prayer: A Guide to Communion

Our hearts became whole as our words took flight to Heaven.

Kneeling at the foot of my grandmother’s bed, we crossed our hearts, and bowed our heads to witness each other in prayer. Our hearts became whole as our words took flight to Heaven where the Lord awaited to hear from His children.

I knew the words. I said them without a thought. I didn’t know what they meant, but I knew that when I went to the foot of that bed it was time to be serious. The Lord waited for our voices to rise and He would reach out to touch these thoughts with His mighty hand and bless us.

Tradition in this prayer pattern became part of the fabric of my childhood. My grandmother was our spiritual head of the family for a long time. She took great care in training and service by the means in which she received such things. Speaking to Jesus and worship took much priority in her humble home.

The Lord’s Prayer, a spoken word from Jesus that guides us in praise and petition, was ingrained in my heart despite my wanderings and thoughts.  As a child, I did not question the motives nor did I care to have any. I prayed as children do, with fervent hope.

Growing up and out, I no longer spent time on my knees but I did spend time seeking self-gratification. Always having my heart set on faith in Jesus, I thought I could walk far and wide in extreme liberty.  I did not grasp the meaning of the Christian walk nor did I  take heed of Jesus’s words to be in prayer to God in any such way.

Seeking to lean into God’s will, we beckon Him through acknowledgment and reverence.  I know this now, and see the importance of prayer and communion. Relationship starts and ends with Our Father, but most of all, it starts with recognizing that He isn’t a distance Creator sitting off in the clouds or in another dimension. Reigning from the heavens, He is there in the air we breathe, transcended of time and space.

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Let us go in prayer as Jesus led by example. Remembering that He is Elohim, pray to our powerful Creator who provides all things, and delivers His children from death.

 

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. 
Amen.

From The Book Of Common Prayer KJV

Matthew 6:9-13

4 thoughts on “The Lord’s Prayer: A Guide to Communion

  1. Yes! The Lord’s prayer is such a powerful tool for us to use in our prayer lives. This is the way Jssus converses with His Father. It really is such a beautiful thought on which to ponder.

  2. When I moved from the US to the UK, I was jarred by the contemporary language of the Lord’s prayer in our weekly church service – but it was a good jarring. It’s so easy to take these words for granted, isn’t it. #9 at FMF this week.

    1. I grew up Catholic in which we said this prayer daily, and then moved around to different churches for years where we didn’t prioritize this prayer. It wasn’t until I started reading up on it that I thought it important to go back and look at it’s roots. We now have a plague with it on our dining room wall.

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