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The Lord’s Prayer (2)

Another nugget from my time at Family Bible camp with Dr. Tim Dwyer.  He was speaking about the Lord’s Prayer, as I mentioned before, and specifically mentioned what it meant when we pray to “Our Father.”  Do you get a warm fuzzy feeling when you hear that?  Perhaps when we think about what it meant to a person in that context, we wouldn’t.

He noted that a father has complete control of a person.  Their father picked their wife, career – everything.  He had complete control.  This gives Matt. 4:21-22 added significance:

Matthew 4:21 Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, 22 and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him. (italics mine)

Jesus was asking for a change in allegiance, from their father to Jesus himself.  Similarly, when we pray “Our Father,” we are shifting our allegiance to God. 

In our context, our earthly father does not exert complete control anymore.  If fact, we are largely autonomous.  Therefore, the Lord’s prayer shifts our allegiance from ourselves to God.  He now has complete control. 

Since we live in a culture of independence and freedom, it’s not easy to give it up to God.  But to truly pray the Lord’s prayer is to give control to Him.  Since the Lord’s prayer seems to be a community prayer, in our context we are giving control of our church to God.

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