Thoughts on the Lord’s Prayer
I cannot say OUR, if my religion has no room for others and their need.
I cannot say FATHER , if I do not demonstrate this relationship in my daily living.
I cannot say WHO ARE IN HEAVEN, if all my interest and pursuits are in earthly things.
I cannot say YOUR KINGDOM COME, if I am unwilling to give up my own sovereignty and accept the righteous reign of God.
I cannot say YOUR 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 TODAY OUR DAILY BREAD, with out making honest efforts for it or by ignoring the genuine need of other people.
I cannot say FORGIVE US OUR SINS, AS WE HAVE ALSO FORGIVEN THOSE WHO SINNED AGAINST US, if I continue to harbour a grudge against anyone.
I cannot say AND LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION, if I deliberately choose to remain in a situation where I am likely to be tempted.
I cannot say BUT DELIVER US FROM EVIL, if I am not prepared to fight in the spiritual realm with the weapon of prayer.
I cannot say YOURS IS THE KINGDOM, if I do not give the King the disciplined obedience of a royal subject.
I cannot say YOURS IS THE POWER, if I fear what my neighbours and friends may say or do.
I cannot say YOURS IS THE GLORY, if I am seeking my own glory first.
I cannot say FOREVER, if I am not anxious about each day’s affairs.
I cannot say AMEN unless I honestly say, “Cost what it may this is my Prayer”.
The above article, “Thoughts on the Lord’s Prayer” was written by Author Unknown. The article was excerpted from www.wnop.org. January 2017.
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This article may not be written by an Apostolic author, but it contains many excellent principles and concepts that can be adapted to most churches. As the old saying goes, “Eat the meat. Throw away the bones.”