A New Start: Part 4
For this week I wanted to encourage anyone reading this to take a little time to ponder on the Lord’s Prayer. It is a powerful model that gives us a deep insight into how we can and probably should converse with God. Try to take some time to make it your own and see what comes of it. I’ll include a of copy of the Lord’s Prayer below with a copy of my own rewrite. After you’re done, feel free to share yours with us. We’d love to see your version of this consequential prayer.
“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 also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from the evil one.”
Dear Heavenly Dad,
I need to stop and recognize just how holy and amazing You are.
Our relationship is special and different in a way that makes me realize how hard it is to truly represent you. Help me keep your character at the front of my mind.
I have many plans for today but I know the day may need to go differently than I have planned. Make sure your plan supersedes mine.
Help me to remember that whether my fridge is full or empty that you are the One that fills it. I need things today, lots of things and I can’t provide them so I need Your help.
Let me also ask for forgiveness where I have not respected You and my friends. Help me to want to forgive all those that have hurt me too.
Keep me away from all my weaknesses. Arrange my day and environment so that I’ll want to walk away from temptation. No more victory for the evil one, I choose You today.
Johnathan Coker is one of the founders of Enspire Productions. He is currently a teacher at Chisholm Trail Academy.