And he said unto them, 'When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. (Luke 11:2)

Many young children memorize Jesus' model prayer. Even the in-churched are frequently familiar with what multitudes customarily refer to as the Lord's Prayer. Jesus taught this prayer to his disciples, who had asked him to teach them how to pray.

(Luke 11:1-4)

I have vivid memories of one of the last times I spent with my earthly Father, Franklin Freeborn Ford. I flew from Florida to New York State to visit him in a V.A. hospital. After his release from the hospital, he returned to a Cortland nursing home.

I was preparing for my return flight and was saying my goodbyes at Dad's bedside. The ambulance transfer back to the nursing home tired him but he was aware of my pending departure. I noticed a Lord's Prayer plaque that I had given him on a table near his bed.

I asked Dad if he would like me to pray with him and he nodded yes. I held the prayer in one hand, and his trembling-yet, strong hand in the other as I prayed aloud. The next time I was with Dad, he was on Hospice. When I arrived, my sisters said he had been calling for me...

That night, I kneeled with my younger sister at his bedside as our Dad passed from here into eternity. I am forever grateful for the previous privilege to have prayed Our Father with My father.

Lord, you are my compassionate Father. Forgive my sins and use me in your service. In Christ Jesus name, I pray. Amen.


Devotionals are her first love in writing. Published articles in Mature Living Magazine, Devotions for the Deaf, The Secret Place, Light from the Word, Coosa Journal, With God Daily, Mary Hollingsworth’s The One Year Devotional of Joy and Laughter by Tyndale Publishers.