We have come to understand the Lord’s Prayer as a Prayer of Centering or a Prayer of Alignment.
“When you have eaten and are satisfied, you shall bless the LORD your God for the good land which He has given you” (Deuteronomy 8:10 NASB). He then went on to warn the people that when their silver and gold multiplied, they would be tempted to forget the Lord’s great gift, thinking that their own efforts had produced their prosperity (8:14).
As we learned last time, in order to heed this warning, the Jewish people developed a tradition of offering specific, short prayers throughout the day, from the instant they awoke until the moment they fell asleep. This has been the practice of many Jews from Jesus’ time until today, to remind themselves of God all day long by saying short prayers of blessing.