[Jesus teaches us how to pray] Pray then like this:… Matthew 6:9a
Our Father who art in Heaven – God, I acknowledge you as Father…as OUR Father….who is in Heaven, above all; who sees all and controls all.
Hallowed be thy name – holy is Your NAME. It has power. It is worthy of awe and my deepest respect.
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done – not my will, but YOURS, God, be done. Let my will be in sync with Yours.
On earth as it is in heaven – and not just your will for us to be with You in eternity, but Your will to be done here and now. On earth.
Give us this day our daily bread – give me what I need today...this day. Let me not worry about more than I need to today. Be my provision in all things today.
And forgive us our trespasses – forgive me, God for [confession time]. Thank you that You forgive time and time again, even when I repeat the same mistakes over and over again.
As we forgive those who trespass against us – God, help me to forgive as You forgive. Help my gratitude for Your forgiveness of me spill over into lavish forgiveness of others.
Lead us not into temptation – God, please help me avoid temptation. Help me to keep my focus on You rather than things that tempt me.
But deliver us from evil – God, deliver me from all evil. Help me to walk in the light. Help me love the things You love and hate the things You hate.
For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever and ever. Amen. – Yes, Lord. Yours is the Kingdom I want to be in. You are the power I need. Your glory is unmatched. Now and forever.
Challenge: For one week begin each day with the Lord’s prayer, concentrating on each piece of it.