I have been convicted recently of how much my thoughts circle around me. (See even this post starts with “I”.) Consequently, while pondering the Lord’s prayer, I took special note that it includes no “me” or “my” or “I”. It uses “us” and “our” and “we”. The Lord Jesus taught his followers to pray collectively, not individually.
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. (Matthew 6:9-13, NKJV)
How different my prayers would be if I avoided the singular pronouns in favor of the collective. This practice combats forgetting the truth that “we” are the body and bride of Christ, not just me. We need to be united with each other both in our prayers and lives.