Homegrown Prayer—Day 30: June 30

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Homegrown Prayer—Day 30: June 30

Written by: Julia Smolucha

By The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster

My God is a hand-me-down. Even our foundational biblical texts echo this refrain. “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob,” says the Lord our God, the great I AM at the holy mountain top ground where Moses took off his sandals in the presence of a perpetually burning (but not consumed) bush. My God is a hand-me-down, from the beginning. My God is not “mine” but ours, a welcome assurance when so much of our language seems bent on marking property rights.

The Lord’s prayer, too, reaffirms the “our” orientation to the Lord our God. Me and mine are nowhere to be found. Everything is held in common: Our Father. From the beginning, God is a hand-me-down (a hand-us-down?), an ours not a mine. May we pray as such, together, to our God.

Let us pray:

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 trespasses,
as we forgive those
who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.

Tomorrow, we continue a 9 week study on the Lord’s prayer: online Wednesdays at 9 a.m. We hope you will join us.