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The Lord's Prayer.

Theme: Belonging

I missed it most of my life. Only a few years ago did I realize the Lord's Prayer was not for me, but for us. I am not sure how I missed it, but Jesus uses "belonging" pronouns over and over, nine total - our, us, our, us, our, we, our, us, and us if you want them in order.

So when Jesus taught his disciples about prayer, I think one lesson He wanted us to learn is we are in this together. We belong to each other. Maybe holiness is more corporate than we thought. Maybe none of us can be holy on our own. Maybe holiness is meant to be lived out in community and demonstrated by how we corporately submit, trust, and forgive.

So when you pray the Lord's prayer, I hope your church family comes to mind because Jesus used "belonging" pronouns for a reason. And I would encourage you to reflect more on the Lord's Prayer because there is so much there to learn. I think "belonging" pronouns just scratches the surface!


Scripture: Matthew 6:9-13 (NIV)

This, then, is how you should pray...


Prayer: The Lord's Prayer

"Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one."

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