I have been wanting to share my personal thoughts on The Lord’s Prayer for a while now. The reason for my hesitation was that I did not want to offend anyone and wondered how I could elicit tactfulness. I am not a theologian nor a Bible scholar but I have decided to throw my insights out there anyhow and just hope for the best!
The Lord’s Prayer is the prayer Jesus taught his disciples. One disciple asked how to pray and he obliged with the teaching of The Lord’s Prayer. There are two references of it located in the New Testament accounts of Matthew and Luke. The popular version is the reference located in Matthew. In addition to the slightly different wordings in both these epistles, the Roman Catholic version is also different.
In any case, they all share the teaching of The Lord’s Prayer similarly.
When the one disciple sought direction in prayer, he was not alone with Jesus. The lesson was taught on the Sermon on the Mound with a multitude of people. Therefore, it is my thoughts the lesson was given in a plural aspect. With more than one person reciting The Lord’s Prayer, being in unison would change the pronouns to ‘us’ instead of ‘me.’
Although this may be trivial to some people, I believe reciting The Lord’s Prayer in plural form while being alone retracts the sincerity of the prayer. The person goes in ‘auto’ mode and the prayer may become meaningless. When I pray this prayer in solitude, changing the pronouns to a singular form encourages me to connect with the prayer further.
What do you think?