In just over two weeks we will celebrate the birth of the Christ Child, a baby born of an immaculate conception and brought into this world to save mankind. I thought during this advent season it would be good to also highlight some of His special teachings, teachings which gave us the gift of understanding just what He wants us to believe and use as tools to help us toward our salvation. And of all the wonderful things that He taught us, none is more special than the Lord's Prayer. It is short, easy to memorize and it is something that we can bring to the forefront in times of strife and trouble to comfort us by focusing on what is truly important in our lives. It is a reminder that God is the center of our universe, and it gives us an easy way to open ourselves up to a quality discourse with God. You see, God wants us to talk with Him and that is what prayer really is. It is an intimate one-on-one conversation with God, telling Him that we love and praise Him and letting Him know what our hopes and dreams are and asking Him to guide us in getting there.
The scripture versus from Luke above are just part of the Lord's Prayer. The full prayer gives us the guidelines to Eternity. If we recognize God as being who He is, the center of all that is important in glorious heaven above, and then if we focus on the simple words of the full content of the short prayer, we have the keys to His Kingdom for each of us. So, if you don't know it, I would urge you to learn it and use it whenever you need God's guidance and are having trouble with the words you want to say. If you do know it by heart as so many of us do, I would urge you to think about those words as you read them and never be afraid to say it out loud and with gusto. God loves it when you witness for Him in your own life and it will make you stronger and more resolute than ever. The Lord's Prayer was provided by the Savior for just that reason, to make you strong and resolute. Don't be bashful. Be bold in your faith.
Dear Lord: We thank you for the gift of the Lord's Prayer which you have given us and we ask that you use it within us to strengthen our devotion to you and give us the yearning for so much more of your love and grace. Amen.