The LORD'S PRAYER
March 25, 2007 6:51am CST
I cannot pray "OUR" if my faith has no room for other and their need. I cannot pray "FATHER" if i dont demonstrate this relationship to God in my daily living. I cannot pray "WHO ART IN HEAVEN" if all of my interests and pursuits are in earthly things. I cannot pray "HALLOWED BE THY NAME" if iam not striving for God's help to be holy. I cannot pray "THY KINGDOM COME," if i am unwilling to accept God's rule in my life. I cannot pray "THY WILL BE DONE" if iam unwilling or resentful of having it in my life. I cannot pray "IN EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN" unless i am truly ready to give myself to God's service here and now. I cannot pray "GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD" without expending honest effort for it or if i would withhold from my neighbour the bread i receive. I cannot pray "FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO TRESPASS AGAINST US" if i continue to harbor a grudge against anyone. I cannot pray "LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION" if I deliberately chose to remain in a situation where i am like to be tempted. I cannot pray "DELIVER US FROM EVIL" if i am not prepared to fight with my life and my prayer. I cannot pray "THINE IS THE KINGDOM" if i am unwilling to obey the King. I cannot pray "THINE IS THE POWER AND THE GLORY" if i am seeking power for myself and my own glory first. I cannot pray "FOREVER AND EVER" if iam too anxious about each day's afairs. I cannot pray "AMEN" unless I honestly say "Not My Will, but Thy will be done so let it be. But when we pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your heavenly Father knoweth what things ye have need of before ye ask him. Matthew: 6: 7-8
25 Mar 07
Your topic has created a big challenge to all fake religionists, who say the Lord's prayer in vain. Only very few christians would be able to merit that name going by your standards. Thank God He won't judge us such harshly, or else His well prepared beautiful mansions would just lie derelict and withered for ever. God is love.
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25 Mar 07
as a person who prays the LORDs prayer at least once every day i found the above meditation very helpful. I do not vainly repeat the LORD'S prayer. I pray it and i pray to be all you describe. I pray that i love all my brothers and sisters ... I pray that i totally give my life to GOD. I pray that i am always as forgiving as GOD is... Let us all pray for each other!!