AnonymousDeleted UserOctober 15, 2020 at 11:50 am
I agree that praying pre-written prayers, including the Lord’s Prayer, helps connect me to other Christians around the world. It’s so easy to get cut off from Christianity as a community experience, especially right now when lots of us can’t be physically present with a congregation. I’m not sure who said it originally, but I like the quote “you can’t be a Christian by yourself.” This kind of conflicts with the Christianity of my youth, where the focus was very much on one’s personal relationship with Jesus. While I still think it is important to have a personal connection to the divine, I think this connection is really fed by being in community with others. And these kinds of prayers can help bring us together with community even when we have to be apart.