The Lord’s Prayer
is the prayer of Soul, not of material sense.
Our Father which art in heaven,
Our Father-Mother God, all-harmonious,
Hallowed be Thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy kingdom is come; Thou art ever-present.
Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Enable us to know, — as in heaven, so on earth, — God is omnipotent, supreme.
Give us this day our daily bread;
Give us grace for to-day; feed the famished affections;
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And Love is reflected in love;
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil;
And God leadeth us not into temptation, but delivereth us from sin, disease, and death.
For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.
For God is infinite, all-power, all Life, Truth, Love, over all, and All.
The spiritual sense is from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 16:24-15
Turning to God always has an immediate effect.
When inadvertently crashing through a fence on a steep mountain pass in Wales, I suddenly had a vision of cars going over cliff edges, tumbling and bursting into flame.
I had only just got into my friend’s car, with the steering wheel in full lock, and my foot missed the foot break. I was heading for the drop! I suddenly rebelled against a view of myself tumbling like this and immediately said, “No!” …….. “Our Father, which art in heaven!” I instantly felt secure! The car stopped!
With the car swinging, astride the stonework edge, I carefully opened the door and climbed out. I was so glad to be able to finish the prayer; so grateful to reach and hug my friend. Something under the car had caught on some barbed wire!
Mary Baker Eddy quotes Shakespeare, who said in Hamlet
“There is nothing either good nor bad but thinking makes it so.” It seemed to me that this bad car experience had changed because I had chosen God’s image of heavenly good.
Mary Baker Eddy interprets the first line Our Father which art in Heaven as “Our Father-Mother God, all-harmonious”.
Certainly knowing that God included me in harmony – by rebelling against danger – helped me!
Saying the Lord’s Prayer was a proof of my relying on Him to save me. I was obeying the First Commandment, to know no other power but His. Powerful stuff!