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The Lord's Prayer

Jesus gave us an example on how to pray in Matt. 6:9-13 But!

I cannot pray "Our" if my faith has no room for others and their needs.

I cannot pray "Father" if I do not demonstrate this relationship in my daily living.

I cannot pray "Hallowed be your name" if I am not striving for God's help to be holy.

I cannot pray "your Kingdom come, your will be done" 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 withhold from my neighbor the bread I receive.

I cannot pray "forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors" if I continue to harbor a grudge against someone.

I cannot pray "lead us not into temptation" if I deliberately choose to remain in a situation where I am likely to be tempted.

I cannot pray "but deliver us from the evil one" if I am not prepared to fight with my life and prayer.

I cannot pray "for yours is the Kingdom" if I am unwilling to obey the King.

I cannot pray "and God be the glory" if I am seeking power for myself and my own glory first.

I cannot pray "forever and ever" if I am anxious about each day's affairs.

I cannot pray "Amen" unless I honestly say "Not my will, but Thy will be done"

So let it be...amen