Reflections on The Lord’s Prayer
I listened to a teaching by R.C. Sproul about the Lord’s Prayer. He pointed out that the disciples could have asked Jesus to teach them anything. They could have said, “Teach us to turn water into wine” or “Teach us to feed 5,000 with one small lunch,” but they didn’t. They went to him and said, “Lord, teach us to pray,” and his response, as many of us know, is what we call “The Lord’s Prayer.” There have been many times in my life when I didn’t know how to pray, when I was overwhelmed with fear and anxiety, with sadness and grief. At times like that I found myself turning to the Lord’s Prayer, confident that at least I know these are Jesus’ own words I’m saying.
There was a time when the Lord’s Prayer was included in Christian liturgies around the world. Somehow in our desire to spread the gospel and expand the Kingdom, to be culturally relevant and make the good news more accessible, many of us set aside the most powerful way to pray for that Kingdom to come!
About four years ago I decided to buy myself a ukulele. Sitting at my dining room table I began picking out a few simple chords and the words to the Lord’s Prayer began to pour out of my heart in song. I began to share it with a few small groups of trusted friends — after thanksgiving dinner, at a small group of young friends, at my church’s staff meeting — but it wasn’t until recently that I ventured out and shared it in worship with my church family here in Oregon. And something incredible happened. As we joined in singing the words that have been prayed and sung in worship gatherings for over two millennia there was a tangible sense of the Spirit’s presence in the service. The song came alive in a way I had not anticipated. We experienced what the creeds refer to as “the communion of saints,” both with one another and with all those brothers and sisters who have gone before us who had also prayed these words. I was deeply moved.
My desire is to share this simple “call and response” version of the Lord’s Prayer with the larger body of Christ. Sometimes our songs of worship feel cluttered with too much instrumentation. I intentionally recorded it with just ukulele and voices to keep it simple and pure and to let the voices of God’s people rise up and shine! My prayer is that this will bless those who begin to sing along and find themselves throughout the day worshiping Our Father, singing his very own words back to Him. Please feel free to share this recording or your own version of it with your brothers and sisters in worship.
Soli Deo Gloria.