Parliament and The Lord’s Prayer

October 27th, 2008

Many people might not know that both the Commonwealth Parliament of Australia and the Western Australian Parliaments both start each days sessions with the Lord’s prayer. This has been done since the inception of both Parliaments.

In the news there have been some calls to phase this out of the Commonwealth Parliament by Senator Bob Brown of the Greens. The story can be found here Govt, Opposition united in prayer stance – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).

In my last job in Perth I used to visit Parliament regularly and often I had to watch parliament online. It was good to see the MPs pause while the prayer took place. Of course some MPs took it more seriously than others. Regardless of this though, I think it is good that they all stop and commit their work to God.

In my opinion this prayer is a good thing and I really hope it continues. It is interesting to note that leaders of both sides of Parliament are keen to see the prayer continue.

For those not sure what the Lord’s prayer is it comes from Matthew 6:9-13. It says…

9“This, then, is how you should pray:
” ‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10your kingdom come,
your will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
11Give us today our daily bread.
12Forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.