Monday 28 March, 2016

Luke 11:1-4

11 He was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” 2 He said to them, “When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. 3 Give us each day our daily bread. 4 And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us. And do not bring us to the time of trial.”

The Lord’s Prayer. Perhaps the most well known passage in the Bible and so often quoted that it can become rote words. But thinking past the familiarity, it is an insider lesson from Jesus on how to talk to God-so amazing!

Jesus starts with the invitation to address God as “Father”, and I just can’t go past that. If I were to attempt to front up and claim this level of familiarity with President Obama it would seem audacious and unacceptable. Yet we are invited here to address the Almighty God of the universe in such a warm and intimate way.

This is so beautiful, so privileged, so humbling. God has adopted me as His child and given me everything, every inheritance that goes along with being His daughter. Mind boggling. Deeply grateful.

Written by Shelley Witt

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