“Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done…”
How many times have you said this?
And the preacher in me begs the question, what does it mean?
During Lent, the season of our Lord for introspection, this can be a private question — what does it mean to me and for me?
First take into account that Jesus was asked by his faithful followers how to pray. However, there is more! There are three admonitions from Jesus.
The first is to beware of practicing your piety before others that you will be seen doing it.
The second is give alms (gifts, offerings) in secret too. Don’t let these be chances for bragging or showiness.
Third, Jesus said, whenever you pray go into your room (some say closet) and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
So pray like this:
“Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done.” What does this mean?
Search your thoughts and pray for an answer.
Compare your prayer life, your piety, your gifts and offerings to the poor and needy with what Jesus has put in front of you.
In this time of preparation for Resurrection Sunday, prepare yourself with prayer — prayer such as what Jesus tells us is appropriate to bring before our God.