Located across the
street from Starbucks
in Downtown Milford, MI.
Luke’s version of the Lord’s prayer is shorter, but its placement next-door to a parable and poem help us to meditate on its features. The parable begins, “could you imagine such a neighbor,” expecting a strong negative answer, and thus leads us to a God who not only answers because He is a good neighbor, but even more, for the honor of His name. The poem invites us to ask, seek and knock, because as we could not imagine a father who would give harmful gifts to children, so much more will God give the best to us. These passages help us to think about our “Father,” and how we “hallow” His name, because He does. It helps us to think about “daily bread,” and then temptation and the absent phrase containing “evil.”
We should pray because of our needs. But we also pray for the honor of His name. We rob God of this honor by prayerlessness.