Any word can become tired and eroded of meaning with overuse, but I think “Lord” in evangelical culture is one of the more lamentable cases. “Praise the Lord.” “Oh, Lord.” “Lord, please….” We throw his title around very casually, don’t we? It’s become a virtual nickname for Jesus Christ, but I suspect we’ve forgotten what we proclaim when we use it.
I was wrestling in prayer through some stubborn circumstances recently, trying for the umpteenth time to persuade “the Lord” to change them already. Mid-plea, his words in Luke 6:46 came sharply to mind: “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord’ and do not do what I say?”