Lord’s Prayer

“He was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray.” Lk. 11:1

Do you realize that the words “I,” “my” and “me” do not occur once in the Lord’s Prayer?

Yet while saying “Our Father,” it is easy to mean only “my Father”; to utter the words “give us this day our daily bread” and still think only in terms of “give me my daily bread”; or to make a mental substitution of “forgive me my trespasses” for the actual words “forgive us our trespasses.”

These lines of Charles Thompson may help you avoid the tendency to be self-centered while praying:

You cannot pray the Lord’s…

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