~~ The Lord's PRAYER~~

Our Father which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done on earth,
as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil:
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
forever and ever.

~ Amen ~
St.Matthew 6:9-13

~~The Lord's Prayer # 2~~

"I Cannot Pray"

I cannot pray "Our" if my faith has no room for others and their need.

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 "On 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 Againist 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",
so let it be.

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