When I was in High School, very early in my faith journey, I came across a piece about the Lord’s Prayer. The author is unknown, but the message is timeless and needed.
I cannot say OUR if I live only for myself.
I cannot say FATHER if I do not endeavor each day to act like His child.
I cannot say WHO ART IN HEAVEN if I am laying up no treasure there.
I cannot say HALLOWED BY THY NAME if I am not striving for holiness.
I cannot say THY KINGDOM COME if I am not doing all in my power to hasten that wonderful event.
I cannot say THY WILL BE DONE if I am disobedient to His word.
I cannot say ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN if I will not serve Him here and now.
I cannot say GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD if I am dishonest or seeking things by subterfuge.
I cannot say FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES if I harbor a grudge against anyone.
I cannot say LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION if I deliberately place myself in its path.
I cannot say DELIVER US FROM EVIL if I do not put on the whole armor of God.
I cannot say THINE IS THE KINGDOM if I do not give the King the loyalty due Him from a faithful subject.
I cannot say THE POWER if I fear what others may do.
I cannot say THE GLORY if I am seeking honor only for myself.
I cannot say FOREVER if the horizon of my life is bounded by the things of today.
I haven’t been able to pray the Lord’s Prayer without thinking of this. My prayer is that it will not only impact your praying, but also your living.
8 thoughts on “I Can’t Say the Lord’s Prayer Without It”
Once we have learned the Lord’s prayer…Most of God’s people rattle it off without thought. I think this may be true for much of Scripture unless we take time and ask the Lord what does this mean for me and how can I appropriate it towards others.
Thanks forthese thoughts on the Lord’s Prayer. They set the words we speak in prayer in the context of the whole of our life.
Thank you! Many blessings.
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It’s so important to remember the meaning behind these words. What a beautiful way to remind us!
Thank you for taking the time to share your thought. It’s a constant reminder for me. Blessings.
This is great, Tina. I’ll never say the Lord’s Prayer the same way again..