The Lord’s Prayer is probably one of those types of prayers that anyone with some knowledge of Christianity knows well. There are several versions of it, including the 1662 BCP version, the version from The Message, a more modern version sometimes used in Episcopal churches, as well as an inclusive-language version found in the New Zealand prayer book.
Even though each “new” version has a slightly different emphasis on the wording of the prayer, here are some takeaways that are common to all:
- God is Lord and Creator of all – things we can and can’t see and things that we do or don’t have control over.
- Our prayer should always be for God’s will to be done in all things
- Don’t forget about the “little” daily needs
- Forgiveness is a 2-way street
- There is nothing wrong with asking to be spared from a time of trial, nor is there anything wrong with asking to be delivered from evil s (the Be at Peace prayer from St. Francis de Sales is a great example of this truth).
What other takeaways do you get from the Lord’s Prayer?