a good Father, a loving Father
and we come to him together
which art in heaven
what is heaven but where God dwells?
is every place you inhabit made heaven?
Hallowed be thy name
sacred, precious, unblameable
Thy kingdom come
Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven
here is “heaven” again, and our request that you so fully inhabit earth that it, too, becomes your dwelling place
Give us this day our daily bread
let me not look too far ahead, but receive every good gift for today at your hand.
feed me, Father
And forgive us our debts
there are so many. I feel dark with shame and inadequacy on this new day of a new month. forgive me what I owe you and cannot pay
as we forgive our debtors
this is a mouthful, but for now I will take it as this:
that your forgiving of me and mine of others will go forth hand in hand into the world— “while” I forgive those who owe me, and cannot pay
And lead us not into temptation
I am weak
let your hand hold me and point the way
But deliver us from evil
may darkness fall away in the kingdom-light of heaven
For thine is the kingdom
this is why evil cannot win
And the power
all of you and none of me
And the glory forever
I taste worship in my tears and prayers.
you are the Holy One.
– April 1, 2015
The month is over and I want to hear! What did you learn as you prayed Jesus’ prayer each day?
Here are some questions to get you started—those who did not pray the prayer daily but have a thought are welcome to share too!
What is your favorite phrase?
What did you understand in a new way?
How did God work in your life through these words?
Next time, I’ll share three things I learned
am still learning.