Series: #2 Using the Lord’s Prayer to Pray — “Our Father”

The first two words of the Lord’s prayer remind me of two rich truths:

“Our” reminds me that I am not a Christian in a vacuum. I am part of a family of believers. This prompts me to remember others in my prayers.

“Father” reminds me of the gospel–that, thanks to Jesus’ sacrifice, I am able to refer to the Almighty God by the same name His Son uses. And it’s not just any name: that God is my Father changes everything about my life. I am an adopted son, and that means I no longer need to fear for my security or seek unreliable sources of affirmation. From God, I am constantly secure and constantly affirmed. My identity no longer rests in what I do, but in what Christ has done.

I’ve barely scratched the surface of the riches of these two words in the Lord’s Prayer, but I hope these brief thoughts give some clarity on how rich this prayer is as a template.


About davestuartjr
Dave Stuart Jr. is a full-time teacher who writes about becoming better, saner teachers at He is a follower of Jesus Christ, a husband to Crystal, and a father to Hadassah, Laura, and Marlena.

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