“Our Father…” gives us a sense of comfort. It refers to God not as the all-powerful being that he is, but as a warm and loving father. It represents the truth that he is not just Jesus’s Father, but Father to us all. “…who art in heaven…” means that God works and creates in Heaven. “…hallowed be Thy name…” is the line of power. God’s name alone has so much power and meaning in it, which is why it is improper to use it in vain. His name is to be used with the utmost reverence because there is no other like God.
“Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven…” These lines show that God’s kingdom will come to fulfillment on God’s time, and in the meantime, his will shall be done on earth. We build God’s kingdom on earth by loving and being merciful towards his people. We must humble ourselves and follow what he wants us to do, not what we want. Jesus Christ obeyed the Father’s will in everything. He did not have to suffer, be crucified, and die for us, but he did because it was his Father’s will and he loved us.
“…Give us this day our daily bread…” When we pray this line, we ask God not only for food, water, shelter, and clothing, but we also ask that God plant in our hearts a need to help our neighbor. “…forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us…” To ask for God’s forgiveness before we forgive our trespasser would go against what we say in this line. When we pray this line we indicate that we have forgiven our trespassers and then we ask God to forgive us our offenses.
We must forgive, and we must forget. Life on earth is too short to not live past what we have done and what others have done to us. “…And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil” is the last line in the Lord’s Prayer. We ask God to bring us away from all of the wrong things in life, and to always remain faithful, especially in times of trial and suffering.
The Our Father is a formidable prayer that is both great and powerful as it is humble and minute.
This prayer reflects the solemnity of the Father and the humility of the Son.
Personal Reflection written by Jack, 7th grade student, St. Mary Magdalen Catholic School, Altamonte Springs