“Pray, then, in this way: Our Father…” (Matthew 6:9).
The possessive pronoun utilized in the model prayer is a needed reminder that “my” prayer is, in fact, our prayer as communal people. God’s story of redemption and hope is a narrative woven and perpetuated through families—Adam, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Even within the New Testament, family is the most common metaphor for describing the church, the body of Christ, the people of God. The “Our Father” stands in opposition to the tendency toward isolationism when in pain and conflict, and the classism that arises in prosperity. Our prayerful presence is to have a democratizing influence in the place where our feet stand.