The Lord's Prayer

I pray the Lord's Prayer multiple times a day, and have for many years. And over that span I've come to appreciate the prayer's beautiful completeness and comprehensiveness in just a few short sentences:

Stepping into our filial relationship with God, and how all the petitions flow out of that dependency. Right out of the gate, we step into Jesus' relationship with the Father. We become little Christs. 

A petition for the reign of God to come, a reign of justice, righteousness, and peace.

A small, humble petition for daily sustenance, nothing more.

A petition for pardon and grace. And more: a pledge to create an economy of grace in our lives.

A petition for protection.

It's all packed so tight--God's reign in the world, daily sustenance, pardon, and protection--but covers so much territory. 

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