“This, then, is how you should pray:” ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. ‘ For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
This Bible passage is the most said but few people know where to find it. We sometimes say the Lord’s Prayer without thinking about what we are thinking or saying. To me it has many meanings. I came from a very musical family. My mother was an organist/pianist, and she and my brother and I sang together all the time. This verse to me is my mom and my brother because my brother learned to sing the Lord’s Prayer with my mother’s gentle guidance. He sang it for many weddings and funerals, the last funeral being our father’s. He sang acapella, and our friends all wondered how he sang it so beautifully. He said he always heard my mom playing it every time he sang it or said it.
Now that happens to me also, every time we recite the Lord’s Prayer. I hear music and I know it is my mom and brother. This verse is forever in my heart and soul, and isn’t that how God intended it… to be felt and not just spoken without meaning. It is a living testament of love, honor and respect. We all need to think more about what we are saying and put meaning to the words.
“Thy will be done”! This is about feeling what we say. This is a pledge and a promise and it needs to have meaning.
Please pray the Lord’s Prayer, thinking about the words as you say it.