Have you ever thought of the Lord’s Prayer from Jesus’ perspective?
Growing up, whenever I heard or read the story of Jesus giving us the Lord’s Prayer in the bible, I always thought Jesus was saying that prayer as a gift to us. Yet, while recently watching the great film Jesus of Nazareth, I considered it from Jesus’ perspective.
Think about it. Before saying that prayer Jesus knew:
- He was going to celebrate the Last Supper and institute the Eucharist.
- He was going to be tested in the Garden and struggle with his will.
- He was going to be scourged and crucified.
Knowing that, put yourself in Jesus’ sandals while praying the Our Father.
Our father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
Father in heaven, your name is truly holy
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.
As the sacrificial lamb, I am bringing your kingdom to your children, and when I’m in the garden, let your will be done, as if I were with you in Heaven
Give us this day our daily bread
Give me strength to offer my flesh in the Eucharist as the bread of life, offered daily to all believers
And forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us
Send your mercy to your children as completely as I will forgive those who torture and kill me
And lead us not into temptation
As the new Adam, strengthen me when I am tempted in the garden and I consider asking the chalice to pass from me
But deliver us from evil
Not my will, but your’s be done and deliver me into your hands.
Thinking of the Lord’s Prayer as more than a public prayer for us, but also a private prayer between Jesus and his Father, gives it an entirely new depth and immediacy. It becomes something more than memorized words like the Pledge of Allegiance. It’s an urgent prayer for relief and strength that not only applies to us, but specifically to Jesus before his Passion.
The next time you pray the Our Father, pray it like His Son.