We recite it together every week during our worship service at Stafford United Methodist Church. It's one of those things that - if we're honest - we may even say by rote, not even thinking about the words and what they mean.
|Byers United Methodist Church, Pratt County, my childhood church|
|Byers United Methodist Church|
The devotional is written by Dr. Terry Teykl, a United Methodist pastor in Texas who also works with a Christian radio station, KSBJ. He proposed praying The Lord's Prayer at noon daily, calling it "Pray Down at High Noon."
|Stained glass in the Via Christi, St. Francis, chapel. Taken when we visited a friend in the hospital in April.|
"It's a challenging time to be the Church of Jesus Christ. There are a lot of things that we, as Christians, don't agree on. But one thing we can do is offer the prayer Jesus taught us to pray back to God in humility and unity. The brief passage, roughly 21 seconds when spoke, is simple enough to be prayed by children, yet rich enough to have fueled volumes of literature. It was Jesus' instruction to His disciples, and, as a result, it holds a sacred place across many denominations. Maybe it can be a gathering point where we can lay down our own personal or political agendas and simply ask God to come."The Lord's Prayer covers it all, Teykl asserts, "large things, small things, material things, spiritual things, inward things and outward things."
|Stained glass at the Via Christi, St. Francis, Chapel of the Sorrowful Mother|
It is believed that the early Christians regularly spoke The Lord’s Prayer at morning, noon, and night.
Would the world change if we committed to this simple plan ... praying The Lord's Prayer each day at noon? Maybe. Maybe not. But maybe the thing it would change is me. It might be worth planting the seed and seeing what happens.
|Via Chrsti, St. Francis, Chapel of the Sorrowful Mother|
"Imagine the Body of Christ praying The Lord’s Prayer all around the world. As it becomes noon in each time zone, our sisters and brothers will be praying for God’s Kingdom to come and God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven."Maybe I need to approach it with child-like wonder, like that little voice behind me in the church pew.
Larry Bauman,Ardmore UMC District superintendent
|Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse, Concordia, Kansas|