“Pray then in this way:
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And do not bring us to the time of trial,
but rescue us from the evil one.
Reflection: The more time I spend reflecting on and studying the Lord’s prayer, the more I appreciate what a perfect gift Jesus gave us when he taught us how to pray. “Give us this day our daily bread” reminds me of several important things. One, that I am meant to be in relationship with God, rather than asking and receiving a one-time gift and continuing on my own way. Two, I am praying for my daily bread, not, as I might be tempted, my daily almond croissants. I am to ask for what I truly need, not what I might just want or think I need. And, in doing so, I am prompted to consider what parts of my life and possessions I might not truly need, and can share with others. Most importantly, the pronouns in this simple but powerful sentence, “Give us this day our daily bread” are “us” and “our.” When I pray the Lord’s prayer, I am praying that the needs of all people may be met. “Daily bread” reminds me that many people have concerns far more urgent than mine, and helps me consider how I might become part of what God is doing in the world to make sure all people have their daily bread.
The beauty of this prayer’s guidance is that it leads me to right relationships with God and others, where I am able to experience the deep, lasting joy and peace that only God can give.
Prayer: Loving provider of all, thank you for showing us the way to live in harmony with you, other people, and the earth. Use this familiar prayer to guide our decisions not only during Lent, but in the days to come. In your Son’s name we pray, Amen.
-Pastoral Intern Kristen Schmid