Ridley had Prayer Week a few weeks back. Here’s something I put together — I hope you find it useful!
I have a love-hate relationship with the Lord’s Prayer.
It’s packed full of world-changing, empire-toppling, idol-smashing statements! In praying it, we ask God to overturn and pull down everything so that he might set right and restore all things. It’s a prayer of utter dependence and exalted freedom, of dying the death to self and living the true life in Christ. And it’s Jesus’ own how-to on prayer.
Yet, I’ve nearly always found it useless in church. Reeling it off as we tend to, as the close of prayer or a mere segue to the next part of proceedings, has time and again left me cold.
As I wrote earlier, I find it best to dwell on each statement and use each one as a launch pad for praying. This also enables me to escape the wooden words in my memory.
Let’s ask our Father:
- That people everywhere would bring honour to his name
- To bring his kingdom in fullness and set everything right
- To provide for our needs
- To forgive us, give us repentant hearts and empower us to forgive others
- To enable us to be faithful to him in every situation
- Where is our Father not being honoured?
- What needs do we and others have?
- Of what things are we unrepentant?
- Where are we struggling to be true to our Father?
Categories: Written by Arthur
Arthur Davis is an Aussie living in Tanzania, writing at meetjesusatuni.com.