Interesting to hear the host of the BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show, Chris Evans, admit that in recent days he has taken to saying the Lord’s Prayer each night. The admission came in the wake of the recent terrorist attacks in London and Manchester, and I presume that Chris, like many others, is reaching out instinctively to find something solid to hold onto, when everything around seems so shaken and disturbed.
He’s certainly not the first to look to God for comfort in the face of an uncertain world. In the Old Testament Psalm 121 begins, “I lift up my eyes to the hills – where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.”
With its reference to the need for ‘forgiveness’, ‘daily bread’ and ‘deliverance from evil’ the Lord’s Prayer doesn’t shy away from the fact that we live in a broken and imperfect world, so often filled with pain. But it does promise that God’s Kingdom is coming and that we have a hope that God’s will can be done through the lives of those who turn to Him, and that one day His Kingdom and His perfect will, will be fully and finally established.