Last night, as I lay on my bed awaiting the curtain of sleep to envelop me, I began to reflect on those times in my early years when I escaped being caught up in evil. The stimulation of these memories caused me to raise prayers of thanksgiving. God was in my life protecting me even before I fully recognized him. As I thought about this, I realized that God was answering the Lord’s Prayer. He was delivering me from evil.
I tend to trivialize the Lord’s Prayer because I memorized it many years ago as a child. The repetition of this familiar prayer has washed over its implications. In my meditations, I encounter a highlighted view of these meaningful words. I recognized that God has indeed delivered me from evil and kept me from temptation. He has provided my daily bread, forgiven me, and taught me to forgive others.
Jesus gave this prayer to his disciples saying “this is how you should pray.” I found myself saying “yes” this is how I should pray. Jesus starts his prayer by setting a proper placement between man and God, and then he gives us a few words to deal with daily life. He covers it all. Of course, I did know this before, but isn’t it wonderful how you can come to a deeper revelation of a familiar passage of scripture? The words of the Lord’s Prayer have taken on new significance for me.
I’d like Jesus’ prayer to be continually with me both as I speak it, and as I experience its impact in my heart. I desire to offer it to God my Father with an expression of love and thanksgiving for his continual answers.