Did you know that there are different versions of the Lord’s prayer in the gospels of Matthew and Luke? We are most familiar with the Matthew formulation, which begins with the words “Our Father.” In our gospel reading today from Luke we hear a slightly different version.
Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he had finished,
one of his disciples said to him,
“Lord, teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples.”
He said to them, “When you pray, say:
Father, hallowed be your name,
your Kingdom come.
Give us each day our daily bread
and forgive us our sins
for we ourselves forgive everyone in debt to us,
and do not subject us to the final test.”
The same prayer, said in a slightly different way. Here’s a challenge for all of us. Say this prayer from Luke’s gospel every morning for a week. Pray that it may soften our hearts so that the Lord’s Prayer may bring us closer to the living God, who is our Father.