Sunday, December 23, 2012

Daily Bread

Friday I had lunch with some friends. We ended up on the discussion of God, his name and whether or not he would have an organization in place here on earth. More times than I can count God is called Father. Our Father, My father . . . Father. We have talked about this before . . . the fact that I think we all seek to know our earthly fathers due to the inner need to be close to "Our Father".

I was given an assignment by my friends to do and I have not done it yet. I did however read some of the gospels. In all 4 gospels God is called by some form of the name Father. When telling others how to pray, we are told to begin our prayer in this way, "Our Father".

With that in mind I say to you just like our earthly mothers and fathers have names that other's call them, God has a formal name as well. He told Moses his name was I AM. I would like you to not get wrapped up in his name. It is his word he wants you to know.

In the Gospels there is a prayer that I learned in Catholic school. Jesus is the one who warned that God already knows our needs before we even need them. He warned us not to go on and on with bravado prayers meant to impress the crowds. He suggested we keep it simple. I did not know that it originated from the Gospels. I think we called it the Lord's Prayer in school. I think it should have been called either "Daily Bread" or "A Prayer to Our Father" Anyway for those of you who are not familiar with this prayer here is a recap:

Our Father in Heaven,
May your name be kept Holy
May your kingdom come soon
May Your Will be done
On Earth as it is in Heaven!
Give us this day Our Daily Bread
And Forgive us our Sins (Trespasses)
As We Forgive those who sin (Trespass) against Us!
And Lead us from temptation
and deliver us from evil.
Amen

I would like to point out here that Jesus had us start our prayer to Our Father. Then he went on to say may your name be kept holy. This is where the whole what is his name comes from I think. There are those who believe that since they bear witness in the name of Jehova they are the chosen ones. If you are counting on your "religion" to save you my heart breaks for you. "Religion" is something you are warned to avoid the trap of. It is my belief it is the word "Father" that should have been kept holy. Look at how much impact an Earthly father has on his family. When someone takes on the role of Father they should embrace that title and keep it Holy. When a "father" does otherwise he has not done his part in sanctifying that Holy Title. I think the devil must laugh a mighty laugh seeing what we have turned this prayer in to. . . nothing more than meaningless words when chanted as a group. It is a prayer that is meant to be said from the heart not out of the mouth. It is the prayer you say when you are in desperate need and a loss for words. It's how you pray when you want the Father to know that you long for His will but you are in need of relief.

What do you think of when the prayer continues on and comes to the line, "Give us this day our daily bread?" Do you conjure the picture of a piece of bread? If so do you picture yourself eating it? If you don't, don't laugh at those that do. For many think that passage is a reference to food. It is really a reference to your daily dose of scripture. Every day, I urge you to pick up your bible and digest a little bread. It will set the tone of your day. You need to stay in the New Testament part of the bible for now. Many footnotes are made referencing Scripture from the Old Testament. Feel free do a chapter justice and look up those footnotes. Many times I read the entire chapter that a certain verse is in because it gives a wider picture. Honestly it does not matter what you do, just do it. Carry your Holy Bible with you wherever you go. You never know when you may have even 10 minutes to crack it open. Psalms is in the old testament but think of it more like poems that were written in the old days. They are praises that were sung to Our Father. Never hurts to sing praises!

I am trying to decide if I am supposed to break off another blog entitled Daily Bread and do little posts regarding what I've read. If I am meant to I trust that God will make that known! I'm exhausted so . . . have a great night everyone!

Wendy, Mom of Many



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