Yesterday, I talked about prayer. And today, I read about prayer—the Lord’s Prayer.
Jesus instructs his disciples about prayer when he teaches them “The Lord’s Prayer”, but he lives this very prayer out, and teaches it a second time in the Garden of Gethsemane. Maybe it went something like this:
Our Father, who art in heaven,
Father, God, I am so far away from you. Earth is not Heaven
hallowed be thy name.
Your name is my name. It is holy. holy. holy
Thy Kingdom come,
thy will be done,
The request you make of me now is hard, really hard, but I want your will to be done, not my own. You are my king, Father
on earth as it is in heaven
Allow me to be committed to your plan now, here on earth so that I may spend eternity with these little ones in Heaven
Give us this day our daily bread.
I know that you will provide my strength
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
Some these little ones will sin against me and some will turn away. You will enable me to love them still as you love them
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
Your kingdom can fully arrive when I accept your will—your difficult will. I must do it Father! I will obey
the power and the glory,
I will do it in your power and for your glory!
for ever and ever.
And my obedience will change history forever.