At the time of writing, I am not quite half way through a sermon series on the Lord’s Prayer. I am finding the preparation for the sermons to be moving and inspiring. I have read from a number of authors writing about the Lord’s Prayer. One writing caught my attention this past week with the assertion that the Lord’s Prayer is really a public prayer – a prayer to be prayed with others. We pray the Lord’s prayer a lot at Ascension – at every worship service, at the end of nearly every meeting and Bible study, at every wedding and funeral (and twice at funerals when there is a burial.) I have noticed a real strength in praying it together. Together we are praying for God’s kingdom to come and God’s will to be done. Together we are praying about our daily bread, our forgiving of others, for discernment about temptation, for deliverance from evil.