OUR FATHER

WHEN JESUS'S DISCIPLES ASKED HIM HOW TO PRAY, HE RESPONDED WITH THE "OUR FATHER PRAYER," ALSO CALLED THE "LORD'S PRAYER." HE SAID TO PRAY IT DAILY. IT IS A CAREFULLY CRAFTED PRAYER THAT BRINGS US INTO COMMUNION WITH GOD IN HIS LOVE AND WILL.

THE OUR FATHER PRAYER

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. Amen.

THE ONE COMMANDMENT

When asked which commandment is the most important, Jesus answered with two. "Love the Lord your God with all of your heart, all of your mind, all of your soul, and all of your everything, and love your neighbor as yourself."

We love and obey God by loving our neighbors. Paul later says all of the commandments are summed up in "loving your neighbor as yourself." Whatever we do, say, or think, we should always be striving to do it with a posture of love.