Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
The Lord’s Prayer is more than just a quaint, prayer to memorize and recite mindlessly. If we’ll slow down and meditate on it long enough, we’ll soon discover this is a prayer spacious enough to take up residence in. We can learn to inhabit these powerful petitions and abide in these comforting truths. Let’s explore all the various rooms of the LORD’s Prayer, as though we’re coming home for the holiday to the Great House of God our Father! This is based on Max Lucado’s book The Great House of God.
Its a universal longing: the desire to “return home” from wherever we’ve been. We desire to settle in where we most belong, where we’re most honestly ourselves, where we can stop pretending, quit performing, take off the mask, lounge around in our pajamas, comfortable enough to put our feet up on the furniture and enjoy a drink without worrying about a coaster. Welcome home to the Great House of God.
Let’s “sit in” each line of this over-familiar prayer, ponder these majestic surroundings and experience these truths as though for the first time. Let’s begin the tour.
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