One of the main ideas that caught my eye was this - never once does the model prayer use the word, I or me or my. Think about that. Try to pray without ever using the words I or me or my. It's almost impossible. Yet that is the model prayer.
The prayer has seven main petitions that I will look at in the next few posts. It begins with Our Father. This brought a few things to my mind...
- Our, not my, but OUR.
- Father. This really humbles me as I enter into prayer. God is the Father. We are the sons and daughters. He is to be respected as Father.
- Father. God is our Father. WOW! Think on that one for just a second. You belong to the creator of the universe. He desires to hear from you.
- Which art in Heaven. God's ways are higher than ours. He is the God of the universe. I am the little sand pebble on the beach. He knows what is best. He is in control. His perspective is perfect.
So lately as I enter into prayer I find myself starting with Our Father. It helps me remember I'm not alone, I have brothers and sisters to remember too. It helps humble me and yet it encourages me to bring petition to the Father. I try to remember that I need to seek Him. His is the only way.