"The glory of God is man fully alive, and the life of man is the vision of God." -St Irenaeus of Lyon

Archive for February, 2011

Why We Pray Together

Some of my friends on Twitter have noticed a new hashtag that has appeared on my feed: #ourfather

It’s my attempt to share a basic commitment to pray with a friend. We’ve set out to pray the Lord’s Prayer three times daily, recognising that this prayer forms the basis of the Christian life. The observance comes from the commands of the Didache, an ancient Christian document.

Neither pray as the hypocrites; but as the Lord commanded in His Gospel, thus pray: Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, as in heaven, so on earth. Give us today our daily bread, and forgive us our debt as we also forgive our debtors. And bring us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one; for Yours is the power and the glory for ever. Thrice in the day thus pray.

Additionally, this prayer is fundamentally a corporate prayer that joins us together with all of God’s children on earth. When we pray “Give us this day our daily bread” we pray just as much for our own material needs as we do for those who starve. As a student studying poverty, the global relevance of this prayer means a lot to me.

This morning, I came across a fantastic set of intercessions that I wanted to share:

Almighty Father, the heavens cannot hold Your greatness: yet through Your Son we have learned to say, “Father, may Your kingdom come!”

We praise You as Your children; may Your name be kept holy in the hearts of all mankind. Father, may Your kingdom come!

Help us to live in the hope of heaven today: make us ready to do Your will on earth. Father, may Your kingdom come!

Give us this day the courage to forgive others: as You forgive us our trespasses. Father, may Your kingdom come!

Father, be with us in all our trials: do not allow us to fall away from You. Father, may Your kingdom come!

I’m always amazed at how God takes a small commitment and multiplies it. As we prepare to begin the Lenten season, I hope you connect with others that encourage your faith. If you’re on Twitter, you are free to join into our small effort of saying the Lord’s Prayer three times a day.