The “Our Father”

For several weeks now I have been thinking about the prayer which Jesus left to us. The Our Father. In Old Testament times the Jews thought of themselves as God’s chosen people. Sometimes they even thought of God as their Father, although to my mind I remember more often the Jews thought of themselves as children of Abraham.

The Apostles asked Jesus to teach them to pray. Jesus taught them the “Our Father”, giving them and us a way of addressing God Who created us. He is Our Father and we are all His children. I am touched by the line in the prayer “Hallowed by Thy Name.” I think of how often I abused Our Father’s name, for which I am sorry. When saying the prayer, I always hesitate at that phrase, knowing how special that phrase is, how I should be reverencing the Name of God.