I have to admit to finding the episode concerning the recent banning of an advertisement promoting the Lord’s Prayer to be a mixture of puzzling, amusing and more than a little ironic! I’m puzzled that a prayer that has been central to this country’s worship life for so many centuries should now be deemed a possible offence. I’m also puzzled because, if there was ever a key time to pray as a nation for our world, it is now! It has been somewhat amusing to see the swell of publicity as the media have aired the story, leading to many reactions of indignation. So in trying to ban the Lord’s prayer, an even greater wave of promoting it has been unleashed; what a pleasant irony!
God’s purposes will be fulfilled; the glorious gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ will never be muted. Paul, the apostle, describes it as ‘the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes’ (Romans 1:16); therefore, we cannot be silent. My response to the cinema episode is not one of anger or indignation, but an overwhelming desire to pray, ‘Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.’ (Matthew 6:10)