The Lords Prayer or the Our Father is prayed by every Christian. The words come purely from the Bible, as same as the ‘Hail Mary Prayer’.
The Our Father was taught by Jesus himself when one of his disciples saw Him praying and asked Him “Lord teach us to pray ..” (Gospel of Luke 11.1). As a mom and catechist, I found it easy to teach our children the prayer with actions, or to teach them to sing the prayer.
Here is a wonderful mom who taught her 2-year old how to pray the ‘Our Father’.
This video is used in courtesy of Zoei Toh's mommy. Thank You.
Teaching our children how to pray, takes time and persistence. But, as you could see in the video, the effort is worthwhile. Ask Jesus for help and courage.
The Lords Prayer is Jesus’ own teachings. Who else can teach us better, than Jesus himself?Origins of the Lords Prayer:
According to the gospel of Matthew chapter 6: verses 8-15, Jesus teaches us about prayer, as He says,
"Your Father knows what you need before you ask Him. Pray then like this:
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 also have forgiven our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil.
For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father also will forgive you; but if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses."
My little reflection on the Our Father:
Forgiveness is emphasised in the Lords prayer. If only we had the strength to forgive each other, today the world would be a better place - A place without hatred or anger or revenge or war.
Forgiving is not easy, that is why the saying “to say sorry is Human, but to forgive is Divine”.
There was a time that I found it very hard to forgive. A good friend taught me how to forgive. She said, ‘Pray for the person or people who hurt you’. I then realised, that when I pray, God gives me the grace and strength to forgive. The result is, my soul is freed. This freedom brings me inner peace and joy.
Meditation on the words Our Father
Saint Theresa of Avila, in her book - 'The Way of Perfection' Chapter 27-42 explains the meaning of each phrase of the Lords Prayer.
The beautiful reflection of St. Theresa could be used for meditation, and I would highly recommend a read of the book – The Way of Perfection.
A summary of St. Theresa's reflection on the words "Our Father ..."
Jesus reveals to us about the Fatherhood of God,
and He the Son of God
When Jesus prays WITH US addressing God as “OUR FATHER”,
Jesus makes himself a Brother to us (even though we are lowly creatures)
In the name of His Father,
He wills God to have us as His children,
and so, being our Father,
God must bear with us,
however great our offenses.
If we return to the Father, as the prodigal son,
He must pardon us.
He must comfort us in our trials,
and must sustain us,
as He is better than any earthly father.
The Father must cherish us and support us and at the last,
He must make us heirs to the Kingdom along with His Son.
The above little reflection alone is enough for us to meditate upon, Our Father’s love for us. What more security do we need? We know that ‘Our Father’ loves us no matter who we are or what we do or where we come from.
We can now teach our children about God’s love, when we pray the Lords prayer.