READ : Luke 11:1-4
“Lord, teach us to pray.” (v. 1)
In the Middle Ages there arose a fascination with religious relics throughout Christendom. Christians searched the world over for some tangible relic of Jesus—a thorn from his crown, a splinter from his cross.
Faith doesn’t require relics. Still, wouldn’t it be exciting to possess one! Imagine if we really did possess something that we knew Jesus touched. Something we knew he used on a daily basis. In the Lord’s Prayer, we possess such a relic. The Lord’s Prayer arose in Jesus’ heart. It passed through his lips. When we pray this prayer, it’s as though we touch the one who composed it.
The Lord’s Prayer reminds us that God is involved in our past (“forgive us our sins”), our present (“Give us each day our daily bread”), and our future (“do not bring us to the time of trial”).
When we pray for daily bread, we’re addressing God the Father, our creator and provider. When we pray for forgiveness, we’re addressing God the Son, our redeemer. And when we pray “do not bring us to the time of trial” we look to God the Holy Spirit, who guides us in this life. In this brief, simple prayer we bring the whole of our lives—past, present, and future—before the whole of God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Pray the Lord’s Prayer.