[Paul wrote:] I should be spiritually free and expressive as I pray, but I should also be thoughtful and mindful as I pray.” 1 Corinthians 14:15
Many prayers have been put into books, such as one I often refer to, Illuminata, Thoughts, Prayers, Rites of Passage, by Marianne Williamson. This lovely book covers most situations one would face in life. The Lord’s Prayer is the most familiar prayer to Christians, prayed regularly in worship services. In 1982, The Lutheran Book of Worship published a newer version that goes like this:
Our Father in heaven, hallowed by your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trail and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are ours, now and forever. Amen.
I like this less wordy, more contemporary version. However, when large groups of Lutherans pray together, the contemporary and traditional versions collide and it sounds like a Tower of Babel experience.
Lord, teach us to pray in ways that glorify you. Amen.