Whatever you do, DO NOT pray this prayer!

The Church of England was trying to get a 60 second ad on the front of movie trailers in theaters this winter. It was a subversive ad that wasn’t going to get past the very open minded film companies. The ad’s words were using JUST the words of the Lord’s Prayer. How devastating!

The story and some thoughts from a bishop are HERE.

Be sure to read his thoughts on the Prayer. It gets to the heart of just how dangerous this prayer really is in the life of a believer. Here are a few of his thoughts:

First, this prayer gives to those who pray it an identity and a place in the world and a countercultural community. “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name”.  It opposes the myth that we are random specks of matter floating through space and time.  It opposes the myth that our lives do not matter.  It opposes the myth of fragmented humanity…

Second this prayer gives us the courage to live in an imperfect world.  “Your kingdom come.  Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven”. 

The world is not as it was meant to be.  It is distorted from its true purpose.  But God is at work to redeem and transform this world, to establish his kingdom.  The Lord’s Prayer invites us not to retreat from the world in fear and pain, to anaesthetise or indulge ourselves.  The Lord’s Prayer invites us to join the struggle to see justice and peace prevail…

“Give us this day our daily bread”.  This is not a prayer for more.  This is a prayer only for what we need.  Every other advert in the cinema is there to encourage us to spend money in pursuit of happiness.  This one restrains our greed…

So, whatever you do… Do NOT pray this prayer!

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