The Lord's Prayer. Chances are you know it. Many of us were trained to say it at a young age like our little friend Victoria. Yet somewhere along the line, it's easy to lose sight of it's depth and end up vainly repeating some words we memorized long ago. Or maybe that's just me.
In Luke 11, when Jesus' disciples ask him how to pray, there is a reason he used the Lord's Prayer as a guide. He's Jesus, He knows what He's doing. Jesus wasn't an overly wordy guy (as I tend to be) but when you see those red letters in your Bible, pay attention.
What we can easily overlook as we rattle off this 11-line prayer is the outline contained within the prayer that can guide and shape our prayer life. The commentary in my Bible says that the Lord's prayer, "Is not a formula for repetition as it is an outline for expansion."
(Have I mentioned how much I LOVE the notes in my Bible? They are smart, insightful, and incredibly rich.)
So, over the next few days, with a little help from my Bible, we're going to break this down a little.
'Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done
on earth as it is in heaven."
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name."