The Lord’s Prayer …
In this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the Kingdom, and the power and the glory for ever. Amen.
Matthew 6:9-13 KJV
In “Our Father”: Unfolding The Lord’s Prayer (November 2016 Message of the Month), Martha reveals hidden depths in The Lord’s Prayer, line by line. As I listened, I realized that I know very little about a prayer that I memorized long ago and pray quite regularly. The danger in great familiarity with certain scriptures is that we can cease to see what made them so foundational in the first place.
The Lord’s Prayer – Thinking I See, But Seeing So Little
The Lord’s Prayer is perhaps the most famous passage of scripture after John 3:16. Even unbelievers tend to recognize it! But I too often mistake familiarity through memorization with deep knowing – or even (gulp!) mastery.
“The Lord’s Prayer tells us how Jesus prayed, the order in which He prayed, what the Father wants to do and what He wants to give, how we get to what He wants, and what His priorities are.”
Martha Kilpatrick, “Our Father”: Unfolding The Lord’s Prayer
The moment I think I know something, I move on to something else. This is a prideful move when applied to my life generally, but it’s especially egregious when that’s how I approach the scriptures. The Holy Spirit has to check me on this quite regularly. Somehow it’s so easy to forget that He can lead us to a single scripture dozens of times and teach us something new with each encounter. The Word of God is a wellspring of eternal love and mystery, the heart of God Himself. To master a single verse is as possible as mastering Elohim, Creator of All. How much of our Father’s abundance am I missing out on because I think I already know what He’s offering? What a horrible thought.
The Lord’s Prayer is just a ready example that came to mind (and also an excuse to remind people of Martha’s amazing teachings on this prayer!). I really don’t want to be deaf to a new and deeper revelation of Christ’s own wisdom by skimming past scriptures I already “know.”