Our Lord's Prayer





I cannot say
"Our"
if my religion has no room for others and their needs.

I cannot say
"Father"
if I do not demonstrate this relationship in my daily life.

I cannot say
"Who Art In Heaven"
if all my interests and pursuits are in earthly things.

I cannot say
"Hallowed Be Thy Name"
if I, who am called by his name, am not holy.

I cannot say
"Thy Kingdom Come"
if I am unwilling to give up my own sovereignty
and accept the righteous reign of God.

I cannot say
"Thy Will Be Done"
if I am unwilling or resentful of having it in my life.

I cannot say
"On Earth As It Is In Heaven"
unless I am truly ready to give myself to his service here and now.

I cannot say
"Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread"
without expending honest effort for it or
by ignoring the genuine needs of my fellowmen.

I cannot say
"Forgive Us Our Trespasses As We Forgive Those Who Trespass Against Us"
if I continue to harbor a grudge against anyone.

I cannot say
"Lead Us Not Into Temptation"
if I deliberately choose to remain in a situation where I am likely to be tempted.

I cannot say
"Deliver Us From Evil"
if I am not prepared to fight in the spiritual realm with the weapon of prayer.

I cannot say
"Thine Is The Kingdom"
if I do not give the King the disciplined obedience of a loyal subject.

I cannot say
"Thine Is The Power"
if I fear what my neighbors and friends may say or do.

I cannot say
"Thine Is The Glory"
if I am seeking my own glory first.

I cannot say
"Forever"
if I am too anxious about each day's affairs.

I cannot say
"Amen"
unless I honestly say, "cost what it may, this is my prayer".
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