Bob Robinson has a fine post on praying "the Lord's prayer". As Scot McKnight points out, this prayer is to be recited. And done so publicly (framed after a liturgical Jewish prayer), as well as privately. Dallas Willard writes that praying this prayer in his younger days, was important in his Christian formation.
What is our prayer life like? I would be thinking about that, because I'm reading Philip Yancey's new book on prayer. But I'm also thinking about that, because both personally, and corporally (other Christians), I see struggle going on right now, which this prayer directly addresses. Not only that, but I see this prayer helping center us in God's priorities, and what is important to him (which certainly includes the petitions for bread, etc). So that our priorities, worldview and goals, might more and more line up with God's will, and his great kingdom come to earth, in Jesus.
There is worship of God, and petition for his kingdom to come now. There are petitions for our daily needs ("bread"), forgiveness of our sins as we forgive others, petition for deliverance from and in temptation and evil (or, the evil one). Along with the final line, attributing the kingdom, power and glory forever to God, which though not in the older and considered better manuscripts, at least is from an old Christian tradition, in praying it. And the prayer in its entirety is framed in terms of us together. Which is how we should think and live.
We need to be praying this prayer daily ("Give us this day [or, today]"). Along with all kinds of prayers.
Unfortunately, for many raised in churches who do pray this prayer together, it has become an empty ritual. When they hear prayer prayed as if in conversation to a friend, this is like a new experience which has awakened their prayer lives. But for us raised in nonliturgical churches, praying this prayer can help give substance to our praying and prayer lives.
What is your experience in praying the "our Father" prayer? And what do you think about this?