In our last class of 2015, we wrapped up our study of the Lord’s Prayer by considering how we could look at the Lord’s prayer as a New Year’s Prayer.
The participants in the class made some great observations:
“Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors”. The beginning of the year is a great time to forgive things in the past, let go of hard feelings that are hindering our relationships, and make a fresh start.
“Deliver us from evil”. We live in a scary world with active shooters, radical Islamic terrorists, and all the daily dangers associated with life in a busy, congested, fast-paced communities. We pray for God’s protection from both physical and spiritual (“lead us not into temptation”) evil.
“Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven”. 2016 is an important election year in the US. Elsewhere we are instructed to pray for kings and all who are in authority that there may be peace. We are not to give up on this world. Prayer can fix this and we should be committed to doing what we can to make life on earth more as it is in heaven.
Perhaps the most practical point made in class was to not overlook the obvious: We need to pray! Jesus said, “In this manner, therefore, pray”. Maybe the best “resolution” we can make, the one that has the most power to transform us, is to be sure to pray!