Us, Our, and We
January 11, 2020: SOAP #3691: Genesis 27-28; Psalm 4; Luke 11
Scripture: Luke (NIV) 11:2 He said to them, “Whenyou pray, say: “'Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. 3 Giveus each day our daily bread. 4 Forgive us our sins, for we also forgiveeveryone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation.'”
Observation: Thispassage, known as The Lord's Prayer, is not really the Lord's prayer. That can be found in John 17. This should be called The Disciple's Prayerfor it was given by Jesus to them at their request.
As I was reading it this time, some words stood out to me: us, our, us, our, we, us, and us.
Jesus is not teaching me an individual prayer, but a group prayer"for those withwhom I identify. Most people who havememorized this passage, also found in Matthew 6:9-13, know it as the 'OurFather.'
Application: Jesusdid not leave me alone in this world. Heleft me with others. The body of Christis not just me; it has many members. There are many verses in the Bible that tell us how to treat 'oneanother.' Jesus said that our love foreach other would be proof of His life within us.
Who is my 'us,' my 'our,' my 'we?' WhenI use those words, to whom do they most often refer? I should pray this prayer with them.
Prayer: Holy Spirit, the next time I quote theseverses as a prayer, help me pray as Jesus intended for us to pray. Enlarge my heart to pray with and forothers. Amen
Making friends for time and eternity!