Today’s scripture reading is Luke 11:2.
2 He said to them, “When you pray, say:
‘Father, hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come.”
This is Luke’s description of Jesus teaching his disciples to pray while they were with Jesus on the Mount of Olives.
On our trip to the Holy Land this year, we rode our bus up the Mount of Olives. When I thought of the Mount of Olives, I had in my mind a rocky hill with groves of olive tree. It is really a thriving community of homes, shops, schools, a large hotel and several churches. It is also home of a Jewish cemetery dating back over 3000 years. Not seeming to be the kind of place one would go to be closer to God, yet that is what it is.
Our first stop was at the Church of the Pater Noster. This church has origins that date back to The Church of the Eleona founded by Saint Helena in the fourth century. Around the inner walls of the church grounds are about 140 mosaic tablets with the Lord’s Prayer in various languages. These bring home the universal reach of the ministry of Christ to all the world.
Below the steps leading up to the sanctuary there is a cave or grotto carved out of the rock. It is believed that this is where Jesus gathered his disciples and prayed with them. Our group gathered in the cave and Pastor Roy lead us in this prayer. The effect has been so profound, getting the opportunity to pray as our Lord taught us in that cave on the Mount of Olives. As we pray the Lord’s Prayer each Sunday, I close my eyes and I’m back there.
Through the many languages and traditions of the Christian Church, this prayer has bound us together as a living body of our Lord Jesus.
Let us pray - Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name,
thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen
Barry Dougherty firstname.lastname@example.org
Prayer Concern - for all travelers in faith.
Alternate verses: Psalm 138, Genesis 18:20-32 or Colossians 2: 6-1