We are more familiar with the form of the Lord’s Prayer found in Matthew 6:9-13. Luke’s succinct wording, however, makes clear the essentials of the prayer of Jesus. God is addressed as “Father”. In a sense, this says all. Jesus came that we may know the mercy and generosity of His Father who is ready to give nothing less than the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him. God must be given all honor, and God’s “kingdom”, or reign, will certainly come – whether we pray for these things or not. In making these petitions we are really asking that we, and all who share our world, may play our part in its fulfillment. We are encouraged to pray for “our daily bread” –- in the ups and downs of our life we can place our trust in the Father who watches over us. And the prayer ends in a realistic note. We acknowledge our sinfulness, confident that we shall be forgiven, because we have learned the Father’s ways, and are ready ourselves to forgive. Finally, whatever lies ahead, we put ourselves in God’s care.