There is a lot of babbling going on nowadays. Sometimes it is just overwhelming. It got its start a long time ago, in a land far, far away.
In Genesis 11 (TLB) it states that at that time all mankind spoke a single language. The people began to build tower to reach to the skies. “This will weld us together.” (vs. 4) Then God came down and gave the people different languages and the city was called Babel, meaning confusion. (vs.8)
So how do we counteract being overwhelmed and confused? By praying! How do we pray? Jesus told us, “pray like this:” (Matt 6:9-13 (NLT)
“Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy. May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today the food we need, and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us. And don’t let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one.”
Notice the prayer Jesus gave us uses the plural forms of the words? Our, us, and we. Why? Well I’m glad you asked!
In 2019 it was estimated that there was 2.5 billion Christians in the world. And while we all speak different languages, you have to know that when you are praying this prayer, there has to be other Christians praying this prayer at the exact same time. That is why we say our, us, and we. This is what welds us together, knowing there is someone else praying the same words alongside of us at the same time.
The Lord’s Prayer has been translated into 1817 languages and dialects. Here is one that I found on the site I have linked below, so you can see how cool it is. This one if for you millennials, the text version:
we want wot u want
&urth2b like hvn.
giv us food
&4giv r sins
lyk we 4giv uvaz.
don’t test us!
bcos we kno ur boss,
ur tuf&ur cool 4 eva!
I know a new catch phrase in our lives has been “we are in this together.” Well knowing someone, somewhere in the world is petitioning God with me gives me hope that we are stronger together.
So please join me and together we can live “our, us, and we.”
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