Jesus taught us the “Our Father” as a perfect prayer. Our relationship with God is a personal one, a dialogue of persons. God is not our storekeeper for passing out benefits. He is our Father. Many people say “Thy will be done” without considering what that really means. It means “letting go” of self and letting God do the guiding in our lives. If we let him his kingdom will come into our hearts. Jesus emphasizes forgiveness. That is our own first and greatest need. To be disposed, to be forgiven, means putting on God’s own attitude. That is why it is necessary for us to forgive when we seek forgiveness.
The simple phrases of the “Our Father” can set us on our course again when we wander after our own will. It can remind us of our need to be one with the mind and heart of God. It is the one prayer we can share with our brothers and sisters whose religious beliefs are different from our own.
Lord, you love me and want to heal me if I let you. Heal me of running in circles—forgetting you and returning to old ways of thinking, feeling and acting. Speak to my heart and draw me back!