Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Day the Lord's Prayer Came to Life

'Our Father who is in heaven,
         Hallowed be Your name.
    10'Your kingdom come
        Your will be done,
         On earth as it is in heaven.
    11' Give us this day our daily bread.
    12'And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
'And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. [For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.] Amen.  Matthew 6:9-13
Today is recognized as Maundy Thursday in the Western Christian Church.  Maundy is from an Old French term that meant, "it is commanded."  Maundy Thursday is the day The Church recognizes as the occasion of the Last Supper of Christ with his disciples.  It was when he washed their feet and declared himself to be their servant.  It was at the meal that he revealed Judas' plot to betray him to authorities.  It was the same meal at which Christ foretold of Peter denying him.  It is where The Church traces the first act of communion and Christ providing the remembrance of him through the breaking of bread.

This prayer, known as the Lord's Prayer, reveals the whole of this week.  The culmination of Christ's life once he entered Jerusalem lives out all of the phrases in the very prayer he gave us.  I do not want to presume the words God might give you by giving you mine here.  I'd like to invite you to place all the events of Christ's last few days on a table beside you while you slowly and thoughtfully read through the Lord's Prayer and see what it was he was pointing to through the prayer.

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