Ginrich's Devotional Blog

March 19, 2018

Plural Pronouns

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:07 pm

Matthew 6:9 9 “This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, (NIV)

We must pay attention to the pronouns Jesus uses in the pattern of prayer He gave us.  All the pronouns are in the plural tense, not the singular.  Some think it’s because the disciples, as a group, ask Him to teach them to prayer.  I think it is because we are all a family.  We are not just to pray for ourselves and our own personal needs and wants.  We are to recognize we, collectively, are the body of Jesus on this earth.  We are to pray for one another, not just for ourselves.  We are to recognize that each of us is an important part of the body of Christ.  We are not in this race by ourselves.  We are all in this race together and as in a chain with a weak link, we are only a healthy body if we are all healthy.  We are so focused on “me, mine, my,” that we have trouble getting out of our own self-centered selves.  Jesus wants us to be other-minded while, at the same time, the Father will take care of the personal needs we lay before Him.  Not only are the pronouns plural because we are brothers and sisters, they at also plural because of what Jesus said to Mary in front of the empty tomb. (John 20:17 NJV)  Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.  God is the Father of Jesus, and, because of Jesus, He is also our Father.  Let us remember we are not, by ourself, the only child God has adopted into His family through His only begotten Son, Jesus.  All of us who have asked Jesus into our hearts, minds and lives are equally in God’s family.  Let us pray for one another as we pray to “Our Father.”

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