Searching for ‘tweets’ in the writings of iconic Australian social reformer and evangelist Rev Robert Hammond, this comment stuck in my thinking:
‘The Lord’s Prayer does say: “And forgive us our debts,” but first it says “Give us this day our daily bread.”‘
In context, Hammond was suggesting before we worry about someone’s sin (wrongdoing), we should see to their daily needs of survival, in keeping with his commitment to practical Christianity.
This morning I woke early, and was thinking, among other things, of what other divine prioritisation we might see in a form of praying that came directly from Jesus. Whatever you think of Jesus, you would have to agree, understanding how he ordered his view of the world is worth considering.
Here’s a few early morning thoughts.
Our Father in Heaven: Not just God first, but relating to God so intimately that it transcends all of life and reaches to where God exists.
Hallowed (praised) be your name: Our choice to honour God’s identity, character, presence.
Your kingdom come, your will be done: His explanation of how to live purposely and perfectly now.
On earth as in heaven: Completing the circle – intimate relationship that honours the character and ways of God leads to a heaven on earth potential.
Give us this day: Not just ‘forever’ but living for today.
Our daily bread: Be practical about our (individual and communal) whole and healthy life
And forgive our sins: Be accountable for your own choices before God.
As we forgive others: Having the humility to acknowledge our own shortcomings means we might be able to release others from theirs.
Lead us not into temptation: Prepare for what choices we will face today by relying on God’s goodness.
Deliver us from evil: Prepare for the choices of others and the randomness of a broken world by relying on God’s goodness.
Your’s is the kingdom, power and glory forever: Come what may, be wrapped up in God’s completeness.
Amen: So be it.
The Lord’s Prayer, as it is commonly known to Protestant Christians, or the Pater Noster (Our Father) to many Catholics, is not so much a prayer, but a way of praying.
And as we have seen, it is also a way of living and seeing, today and forever.
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