Finding God in the Mysteries of every day
Week 35 Day 3
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Matthew 6: 9 “This, then, is how you should pray:
“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,[a]
but deliver us from the evil one.[b]’
14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
At one and the same time, these are perhaps the most beautiful and challenging words ever penned. They are comforting and difficult all at the same time. These words speak to the storms of our souls and calm them. They raise up the possibility of living beyond the merely mundane and living in a kind of royal peace where our needs are met, and we can be satisfied. And yet, these words require a few things of us. Trust, faith, forgiveness, contentment, and courage all are demanded in any kind of sincere praying of these words.
Every person who follows Jesus has some experience of this prayer. Manny learned it in Sunday School as a child perhaps memorizing the rhythm and cadence of the words from the popular translations of the day. Perhaps though, these words take on a new and more powerful meaning when a person matures in an entirely personal relationship with Jesus, rather than an “inherited” faith.
Look at these words again through the eyes of mature faith. Let your anger, disappointment, frustration and all of you unfulfilled longings be transformed by the peace of God.