i never knew the Lord’s prayer was so powerful. i think it used to feel confined and generic. i don’t really feel that way anymore. i guess its because now i realize that it’s just a framework. its actually not confining at all. i wonder what his disciples were thinking when Jesus was teaching them how to pray. i wonder if maybe they felt a little confined like i did at first. or maybe because they listened to him pray all the time, they had a better perspective of what he was saying about prayer.
just as an example, these are the things i’ve been praying through the Lord’s prayer, – a prayer that God would heal my womb and begin a little life in there. these things are a little personal, but so are many things in this blog. and you are clearly invited to take a peak. if God says he keeps my prayers, why can’t i keep record of them too?
my father in heaven, hallowed by your name.
you are my father. i belong to you. as my father, there is nothing you wouldn’t give me. you are pleased with me, not because of anything i’ve done, but just because i belong to you. you have loved me with a love that i cannot comprehend. and you are good. you are gentle. you have led me my whole life, you will continue to lead me now. you deliver. you hold all things together by the word of your power. and you have allowed that power to run through me, because i am yours.
your kingdom is coming
there are many wrong things in the world. clearly, the world is broken, injustice is rampant. my body is broken. but you have come to make all things new. and that includes my body. make my body new. fix the wrong things that are happening in my womb. make it a place for a baby to develop. in your kingdom, in heaven, my body is whole. let that be true here. let the healing that is true in your kingdom, be true in me here on earth. bring your kingdom here. let the world around us see glimpses of your kingdom as you are restoring and healing – and making all of us new.
give me my daily bread
i cannot survive without your provision. the breath i take is what you have provided. i remember when i was 16. i opened my bible to psalms 81:16. when you spoke these words to david, you knew i would read them thousands of years later and that they would change my life forever. you said to me, “open your mouth wide and i will fill it. i will feed you with the finest, and with honey out of the rock, i will satisfy you.” i testify to this satisfaction. i’ve tasted your provision. things haven’t always been easy. but you’ve provided. and i’m desperately dependent on your provision.
forgive me for my sins as i forgive those around me
you have forgiven me fully. help me forgive. when i have a critical spirit, when i hold a grudge, its toxic. it eats like a cancer at my soul. help me forgive and give me the same mercy and compassion that you hold towards others. you have certainly shown me that mercy. protect me from being a hypocrite in that way.
lead me not into temptation
when i’m tempted to give up and lose hope, fill me with all joy and peace in believing. i want to live in hope. i love that you say that hope does not disappoint. you do not disappoint. please sustain hope in me.
protect me from the evil one
i really don’t have to look around too long to see that there is darkness in the world. there has to be something behind it. protect me from darkness, from sickness, and from death.
this is how we are trying to pray these days. through this framework. not just for my body. but for my family. for our careers. for our community. there is something about praying through the Lord’s prayer. its just different. something very special about praying the way Jesus told us to.
our father in heaven, hallowed be your name
your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven
give us today our daily bread
and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.