To those who grew up with it, the Lord’s Prayer is a beautiful, comfortable prayer, like a favorite pair of jeans. It is so familiar but do we realize all the promise this prayer holds? Do we realize the potential for the life we can life while wearing those comfortable pants? Not every part of our lives will be comfortable. There will be good days but also bad days. There will be break-ups, car wrecks, and job loss. There will be pain and tears.
Jeans are sturdy pants. They protect us from spills off a bike and trips on the sidewalk when we start moving too fast. The Lord’s Prayer is a promise we can keep coming back to when we are unsure, unsteady, and afraid.
“Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen” (Matt. 6:9-13 KJV).
This old, familiar, comfortable prayer shows us who is in control, what we are a part of, how we are taken care of and reminds us once again who is in control. I know that is one thing that really gets me. I keep forgetting who is in control or I keep trying to wrestle it away from God so I can control what I can’t. God even has forgiveness built into this prayer. He accepts us for who we are despite what we do. The next time you slip into your favorite pair of well worn jeans, think about the Lord’s Prayer in terms of the here and now. See how it changes your perspective on life.