What if the Lord’s Prayer started with “MY Father in heaven”, and not “OUR Father in heaven”?
If that were the case, there’s a small chance we all would end up like two years olds clambering for “mine” when it came to God and His ways.
The entire focus of our prayers would be different.
It’s easy to lose sight of the way Jesus taught us to pray. It’s easy to make it all about… us… when clearly, it’s not supposed to be.
Jesus prayed “Our Father” because in the culture of the day – as it is now in Jewish circles – approaching God was and is a community effort, not just a personal one.
When there is a faith community, there is accountability in how a person acts, thinks, and lives.
When our relationship with our creator is communal, how we treat others changes. When Jesus was asked what the greatest commandment was, his answer was to love God, and love others.
Everything else we do falls under these two categories.
When we remember that God loves ALL of us, and desires everyone to come to Him, there is a paradigm shift when we pray.
Our outlook goes from “what is best for me” to “what does God say is best for us”. We remember to pray for others. We ask God for His wisdom, and quit seeing things through our own humanity.
When your view shifts to how it is meant to be, it’s harder to harbor anger or bitterness against another believer. Why?
Because you serve the same God.
You are striving for the same things.
Pride is traded for peace.
Worldly “justice” is traded for joy.
When we remember that “our” God wants us to be a family, and that we are to serve and grow together…
our faith widens.
And, it becomes more than just about “me”.