I just wanted to share some insight that I am getting from a book that I had not read in a long time on how to pray the Lord’s Prayer by Roccoa Errico and wanted to see what everyones thoughts are on it.
"Approching God as “Father” immediatly puts us in intimate communion with Him. Prayer should not be an attempt to “get into” union with God. Prayer is the very acknowledgement of, and the very expression of, that union! It is because we are His sons that we can communicate with our Father. At no time can there be a separation from God! If we believe that we are cut off or separated from Him, then it is we who bring the sense of division. It is not God who does this; it is our mental attitude. God is! And He is everywhere! He hasn’t changed! We have to change our wrong attitudes!
When we call God “Father,” we are acknowledging our sonship with Him. We don’t “work” our way into it; we just naturally have a sonship because we are “His image and likeness.” This opening phrase of the Lord’s Prayer causes us to confess our union with the eternal, living God, with the Father of all men.
Thus, the very first attitude we are to have, the first idea we are to “tune in to,” is that we are one with the Father-now! All creation is in union with Infinite Intelligence. Once the truth of our sonship is trully accepted, we don’t have to affirm it! Our children are our children and they know it! We, too, must settle this matter, and once and for all, come to the full realization that we are now God’s sons! (see I John 3:2)
“Our Father” doesn’t “condescend” to hear us or to be with us, because, like a human father, he enjoys being with His family. God doesn’t have to condescend, nor do we have to transcend, to be in union with Him. These terms “condescend” and “transcend” have been misused in reference to the relationship between God and man. Of course, we can transcend our enviroment and problems, but what I am referring to is our relationship. God is Spirit; that is, that which is all-inclusive and everywhere. How can God “come down,” or how can we “go up”? God is in us, above us, around us, under us, and through us. It’s not just a “Deity” that is everywhere; it is the Presence of a fatherly Spirit that is everywhere. This Power is like a father giving good gifts, love, and aid to his children everywhere. The fatherly presence of God is in the very depths of our beings.
God can’t be confined to any sacred shrine or contained in any one thing. No holy temple can house the universal Spirit of the living Father.
“Our Universal Father” also means that God is the Father of all peoples and all races. He is not just “my” Father, or just “your” Father, or just “thier” Father, but He is “our” Father. When we the words “our universal Father,” we automatically recognizing other peoples’ sonship with the Father. God’s Spirit fills the entire universe, and all things and all people exist in Him. God loves all His children! But when we pray, we often pray only for our own good, not carring about its effect on others. For instance, in warfare, we ask God to bless one side or the other. God cannot bless either side, for he doesn’t participate in acts of agression or violence. God acts only for the good of all! When we truly and deeply understand the meaning of “our universal Father,” we will pray for universal good. We will empathize with all peoples and act for the good of all.
Through His teaching, Jesus freed man from the limited and mistaken concept of a sectarian, nationalistic, partisan God. Spirit, or “God,” is like pure water which flows freely everywhere, watering the dry ground and quenching the thirst of all men. All men must have water and air in order to live. Pure water and air are the same everywhere. And so is our Father. This is our Savior’s concept of the living God, Whom he called “Father.”
Thus, the opening statement of The Lord’s Prayer causes us to confess our union with God, and our fellowmen, who are all His children. This is God’s way! This is “our universal Father”! What a positive way to begin prayer!"
Preveously in the book Roccoa Errico had translated the first line of the Lord’s Prayer from Aramaic. It is as fallows: Our Father who (is) throughout the universe.
Please share your thoughts on this.