I was conducting some research this morning based on what a relative said about prayer last week. Specifically I turned to the Gospel of Matthew and in Chapter 6 of that book comes this ….
And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words. Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. In this manner, therefore, pray:
Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
I immediately thought of the words of Bart Simpson as he was explaining the virtues of Halloween to Milhouse.
“Trick or treat” isn’t just some phrase that you chant mindlessly like the Lord’s Prayer. It’s an oral contract!