Have you ever felt like you learned something all over again (or actually wondered if you learned it in the first place)? That’s how I felt as we came to the end of our recent message series on the Lord’s Prayer. I’ve said the Lord’s Prayer my whole life. I’ve studied it, read it, thought about it and even talked about it. But, it was different this time – deeper, more personal, more real to me. It’s like it found a home in my heart and settled in. Now, I find myself praying the Lord’s Prayer more frequently, saying it more slowly, thinking about it more personally. I’m also beginning to see it in lots of other places in the Bible.
This coming Sunday we are talking about Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane, “not my will, but your’s be done,” just like he told us in the Lord’s Prayer. I also see the petition about forgiving others in Ephesians 4:32 (the verse my mother always told us five kids growing up), “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted and forgiving each other, just as the Lord has forgiven you.” I guess you could say that the Lord’s Prayer has become my prayer; a prayer to say not just in worship services on Communion Sundays but to say as I fall asleep at night or wake up in the morning or move through the day. Jesus gave us a beautiful prayer in the Lord’s Prayer. As Martin Luther said, “Deep enough for elephants to swim in and never touch the bottom but shallow enough for children to walk in and never drown.”