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Thy, Thou, Us and Our – A Template for Life

We come to the part of the Lord’s Prayer where we address our needs. To this point we have really been focusing our attention on the Father. It has been:

  • Thy Name
  • Thy Kingdom
  • Thy Will

But now the model prayer takes a turn and the next 3 steps are:

  • Give Us Our daily bread
  • Forgive Us Our debts
  • Lead Us not into temptation

A few days ago I pointed out how the prayer started with the word “OUR,” (read about it here) and now we get to it again. There is nothing solitary about this prayer except God.

It strikes me that Jesus uses as His template for the model prayer the 2 commandments that sum up everything from the law and the prophets. Compare this to Matthew 22:35-40

And one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?”

And He said to him, “‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’ This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’ On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”

This is intended to be the template of our entire life! Love God, and love one another. [Tweet This]

God sets our lives up in a community structure from the day we are born. It is supposed to be in a loving and supportive family, where I am not simply trying to get my needs met, but I am looking out for OUR needs.

Then we have a Church community, and a local neighborhood, a town, and so it expands.

There is nothing in this model prayer teaching us to pray “I, ME, MINE.” That kind of thinking is not supposed to show up in our culture at all. The Christian culture is a culture of community.

I am even realizing that, though everyman faces the Lord’s final judgment alone, for their own eternal condition, Jesus talks repeatedly about judgments on cities, and nations.

We are in this together! Let’s pray like it.

Can you see a way your prayer life can be more OUR centric?

Thanks for reading today. Pray for someone today.

Ben

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