Children of God

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Christ has allowed us to become children of God. Compare the timidity and self-abnegation of Abraham’s prayer with the confidence which Christ teaches us in the Lord’s Prayer.

The Lord’s prayer is the one prayer all Christians ought to commit to memory, and it is the prayer to say when we don’t know what to say in our prayers. When said in faith, each phrase holds a bottomless depth of divine mystery.

A throwback to the movie Annabelle Comes Home: I heard a friend critique, “How can it be so easy! Just say the Our Father, hold the cross and the demon gets scared?!”

Yes! My friend’s ridicule is unfortunate, but his words hold truth! That indeed is the efficacious power of the Lord’s Prayer! At the Saviour’s command and formed by divine teaching, we dare to say

Our Father, Who art in Heaven, holy be Your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sinned against us. Lead us not into temptation and deliver us from evil. Amen!

 

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Noel Ethan Tan

Noel Ethan Tan

Noel is a Singaporean working as a rehabilitation counsellor at ACC(S) Psychiatric Rehabilitation Centre. He is currently doing a part-time Masters Program in Counselling and Guidance at NTU, Singapore. In his church ministry, Noel is currently serving in a young adults' Catholic community called Anawim that does Bible Exegesis. Noel is also pursuing a Certificate in Theology at the Catholic Theological Institute of Singapore. His favorite Bible verse is 1 Peter 3:15 — “In your hearts, reverence Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to make a defense to any who calls you to account for the hope that is in you, but do it with gentleness and reverence.”

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