“Teach us how to pray” – The Lords Prayer (Matthew 6:9, Luke 11:2)
Our Father, who art in heaven
We pray as a community! God is “OURS”. It's not just about us, it's about all of us.
A Heavenly Father (not an earthly one!)
Not distant, but surrounding us with love.
'The knowledge we are in God's presence is the ground of every prayer' (R.J.H. Steuart)
Hallowed be Thy name.
God is wholly holy. Love that defines all other loves.
Self-giving Jesus love. Name above all names.
'All that we have and all that we are is to be offered to God' (Olive Wyon)
Thy Kingdom come
God is Kingdom building, not building our personal empire. Don't confuse the two!
'Reign in my heart. Reign in my will. Reign in my thoughts. Here am I; send me'
Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven
We were made for God's glory.
'Prayer is the lifting up of our hearts and minds to God to worship Him; that is, to give ourselves to Him that His will may be done, and done as far as possible through us” (E. L. Strong)
Give us this day our daily bread
Carry on giving us what we need to get through each day. Manna in the wildreness!
“Do not start worrying' Where will my food come from? Or my drink?” (Matthew 6)
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors
Sins. Trespasses. Debts. These stop us really living.
Restore our relationships.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil
Keep us out of trouble. All of us. Deliver us from the bad stuff!
For Thine is the Kingdom, the power and the glory for ever.
It's all in God's hands. Leave it there.
Starts, Carries on and finishes with God.
'Much obliged' So be it!