(Jesus said that this was how to address our prayers. Doesn’t that seem to you a little presumptuous? I mean, this is God we’re talking about – uh, I mean, talking to! I’ve got my Bible right here on my lap, open at Matthew chapter 6, and this is what he says: ‘After this manner therefore pray ye.’)
“Our Father, which art in heaven,”
(You know, this is a bit like sending an email –
From: “Me” firstname.lastname@example.org
Sent: Sunday, November 06, 2011 5.30 AM
“Our Father, which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.”
(I know my grandmother thinks there is no other version of the Bible than the Authorized Version, but some of these words are a bit out of touch, don’t you think? What’s wrong with ‘May your name always be kept holy’?)
“Our Father, which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come,”
(These days there seems to be so much discussion about the kingdom. No one seems to be able to define ‘kingdom’ with any certainty. Of course, a kingdom has to have a king, but beyond that there seems to be more disagreement than agreement, more’s the pity. I don’t really have time to think about it now – I’m supposed to be concentrating on the Lord’s Prayer!)
“Thy kingdom come, thy will be done in earth,”
(When you come to think of it, there are as many differences of opinion about what God’s will is as there are about what the kingdom comprises. That sounds like a really interesting research project – when I have a bit more time!)
“Thy kingdom come, thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.”
(Well there you are – how can we possibly decide what God’s will is so that we can do it on earth when none of us has been to heaven? Sounds like a catch twenty-two situation to me.)
“Give us this day our daily bread.”
(Now at last something I can understand! Except that it probably has a more far-reaching connotation than a simple loaf of bread. What was it Marie Antoinette said when the French peasants called for bread? “Give them cake!” or something like that? But I think I am getting off the subject again.)
“Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,”
(I wish it were as easy as that! But then I’m not likely to go bankrupt just yet – at least, I don’t think so!)
“And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors,”
(I just knew there had to be a catch – I don’t have any debtors, so how can I forgive them? Does that mean I can’t be forgiven either?)
“And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors,
And lead us not into temptation,”
(This seems to me like where I’m at. Here I am trying to plant the Lord’s Prayer in my mind and in my spirit, and my mind is acting like my email does when the content filtering is off. The rubbish keeps getting in.)
“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil;”
(Lord, do you have a spiritual content filtering program? I need help!)
“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil;
For thine is the kingdom,
(If I can just concentrate on the King …)
For thine is the kingdom, and the power,”
(He has the power to fully occupy my mind …)
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,”
(… the power to remove all distractions and concentrate my focus …)
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.”
(My Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be your name.)
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.
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