A vicar parked his car in a no-parking zone in a large city because he was short of time and couldn’t find a space with a parking meter.
So, he put a note under the windscreen wiper that read: ‘I have gone around the block ten times. If I don’t park here, I’ll miss my appointment. Forgive us our trespasses.’
When he returned, he found a ticket from a police officer along with this note: ‘I’ve circled this block for ten years. If I don’t give you a ticket, I’ll lose my job. Lead us not into temptation.’
The Lord’s Prayer is a wonderful prayer to use in our private devotions or as a family prayer. It was spoken by Jesus in response to a request from the disciples when they said, ‘Lord, teach us how to pray.’ It is perhaps the most popular prayer in all Christianity. Many people say the Lord’s Prayer whenever they are feeling lost or without purpose and it gives strength and encouragement. It is simple, short and to the point.
‘Give us this day our daily bread’ shows that we need to come to God regularly. We need him in all areas of our life and this is a daily need. We also bring to mind the ways in which we have failed God and others by our actions and ask for forgiveness – ‘forgive us our trespasses (sins).’ The final request is for protection, ‘deliver us from evil’. In times of trial or difficulty we ask for God’s presence with us. We can have the assurance that he is there for us as we ask him.