One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” (Luke 11:1)
The Our Father is fascinating to me. I was vaguely familiar with it from having grown up around Christians, and I always assumed that it was some prayer that church leaders wrote up because they liked it. It wasn’t until I started researching Christianity in my late 20’s that discovered that these were the Lord’s own words! I was amazed. Jesus’ disciples asked him how to pray, and he gave them a direct, specific answer. Wow! Suddenly this common prayer took on a whole new importance. Knowing it came directly from Jesus’ lips made it seem so mysterious and intriguing!
I’ve heard that many saintly people, including Mother Teresa and St. Therese of Lisieux, found it fruitful to take the Our Father and spend time meditating on each word. Though I lack their saintliness, I too have tried that exercise during prayer and it has helped me understand just what a treasure trove of grace and wisdom this prayer really is.
I thought it might be fun to make this into a series of posts for Lent. For each word I’ll do a post cracking it open, searching it for all the meaning we can gain from it. Needless to say, the amount of wisdom that I can provide by myself is very limited, so I’m hoping that you’ll help me out with your own thoughts in the comments as well.
I think this’ll be a fun series! Look for a post called “Our” coming soon!
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