Matthew 6:1-18 contains one of the most recited prayers in the world. Although there are a few minor differences in how certain Christians say this prayer, it has been repeated for centuries! It contains one of the best, concise, summaries of Jesus' teaching that we have. Here's a bit of my personal commentary:
#1 May God be revered and cherished.
#2 However, this God has It's own kingdom, and may it be right here on earth - not just up in heaven or before/after death.
#3 May everyone in this kingdom always have daily food.
#4 May we never owe each other, but may we each always help each other as needed. #5 Do not imprison us or test us beyond our physical, mental, financial, relational, etc. limits, but instead save us from all forms of evil, violence and hate in the world.
Beyond the basic prayer was added in worship services "For yours is the kingdom, the power, and glory forever and ever. Amen." I recite these words whenever I prayer this prayer with my children and church family, however I wonder if Jesus would have added them? Do they continue in the spirit of this prayer? Do they help us live this prayer?
Daily Prayers to recite, remember and live by:
Lords Prayer (198 in Shine On, 278 in Spark)
Psalm 23 (129 in Shine On, 160 in Spark)
Events & Evites:
Tory - Pastor of Children and Youth Faith Formation.