My lovely momma came across this in what used to be called Teach Magazine and it put a lot of thoughts into my already crammed brain...
The Lord's Prayer
I cannot pray "OUR"
if my faith has no room for others and their needs.
I cannot pray "FATHER"
if I do not demonstrate this relationship to God in my daily living.
I cannot pray "WHO ART IN HEAVEN"
if all of my interests and pursuits are in earthly things.
I cannot pray "HALLOWED BE THY NAME"
if I am not striving for God's help to be holy.
I cannot pray "THY KINGDOM COME"
if I am unwilling to accept God's rule in my life.
I cannot pray "THY WILL BE DONE"
if I am unwilling or resentful of having it in my life.
I cannot pray "IN EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN"
unless I am truly ready to give myself to God's service here and now.
I cannot pray "GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD"
without expending honest effort for it, or if I would withhold from my neighbor the bread I receive.
I cannot pray "FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO TRESPASS AGAINST US"
if I continue to harbor a grudge against anyone.
I cannot pray "LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION"
if I deliberately choose to remain in a situation where I am likely to be tempted.
I cannot pray "DELIVER US FROM EVIL"
if I am not prepared to fight with my life and my prayer.
I cannot pray "THINE IS THE KINGDOM"
if I am unwilling to obey the King.
I cannot pray "THINE IS THE POWER AND THE GLORY"
if I am seeking power for myself and my own glory first.
I cannot pray "FOREVER AND EVER"
if I am too anxious about each day's affairs.
I cannot pray "AMEN"
unless I honestly say "not my will, but thy will be done", and so let it be.
How many times do you say this prayer without really thinking about what your really saying? Praying this puts new meaning to your Lord's prayer everytime you say it or hear it.
Blessings on the rest of your weekend!