Albeit a long time ago, I can remember the assembly at my primary school - we would sing a song and say the Lords prayer and then the head teacher would talk about something or other. To be honest, I couldn't wait to get on with the important things of the day - like the small bottle of milk we use to get and our lovely school dinners cooked by Mrs Johnson... seriously, they were great!
I guess all of us have memories of saying the Lords Prayer at some point in our lives. For me and I guess for a lot of you, it was something we were taught, something we knew and something we said. Beyond that, it had a very little significance.
However, all these years later and having been a Christian for 29 years, I have a very different view of those precious words.
I wonder if we said it now and God would talk back to us in response - what would He say?
|Person:||Our Father, who...|
|Person:||Don't interrupt me! I'm praying.|
|God:||But you called me.|
|Person:||Called you? I didn't call you. I was praying. Our Father who art in heaven...|
|God:||There, you did it again.|
|God:||Called me. You said, "Our Father who art in heaven." Here I am. What's on your mind?|
|Person:||But I didn't mean anything by it. I was, you know, just saying my prayers for the day. I always say the Lord's Prayer. It makes me feel good, sort of like getting a job done.|
|God:||All right. Go on.|
|Person:||Hallowed be thy name...|
|God:||Hold it! What do you mean by that?|
|God:||By "hallowed be thy name"?|
|Person:||It means...it means.... Good grief! How should I know what it means? It's just part of the prayer. (pause) By the way, what does it mean?|
|God:||It means honored, holy, wonderful.|
|Person:||Ah, that makes sense. I never thought about what hallowed meant before. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.|
|God:||Do you really mean that?|
|Person:||Of course! Why not?|
|God:||What are you going to do about it?|
|Person:||Do? Nothing, I suppose. I just think it would be rather good it you got control of things down here the way you have up there.|
|God:||Have I got control of you?|
|Person:||Well, I go to church.|
|God:||That isn't what I asked you. What about that bad temper? You've really got a problem there you know!|
|Person:||Stop picking on me! I'm just as good as some of those hypocrites down at the church!|
|God:||Excuse me, but I thought you were praying for my will to be done? If that is to happen, it will have to start with the ones who are praying for it. Like you, for example.|
|Person:||Oh, all right! I guess I do have a few hang-ups. Now that you mention it, I probably could name some others.|
|God:||So could I.|
|Person:||I haven't thought about it much until now, but I really would like to cut out some of those things. I really would like to know how to be free.|
|God:||Good! Now we're getting somewhere! We'll work together, you and I. Some real victories can be won. I'm proud of you!|
|Person:||Look, Lord, I need to finish this up here. This is taking a lot longer than it usually does! Give us this day our daily bread.|
|God:||You need to cut out the bread you're a little overweight as it is!|
|Person:||Hey! Wait a minute! What is this? Here I am doing my religious duty and all of a sudden you break in and remind me of all my faults!|
|God:||Praying is a dangerous thing. You could end up changed, you know. That's what I'm trying to bring across to you. You called me, and here I am. It's too late to stop now. Keep on praying. I'm interested in the next part of your prayer. (Pause) Well. go on!|
|Person:||I'm scared to...|
|God:||Scared of what?|
|Person:||I know what you'll say!|
|God:||Try me and see.|
|Person:||Forgive us our debts as we also have forgiven our debtors.|
|God:||What about Peter Brown?|
|Person:||See! I knew you would bring him up! Why, Lord he told lies about me, and he cheated me out of some money. I swear that I'll get even with him.|
|God:||But your prayer. What about your prayer?|
|Person:||I didn't mean it.|
|God:||Well, at least you're honest! But it's not much fun carrying around that load of bitterness inside, is it?|
|Person:||No, but I'll feel better as soon as I get even! Have I got some plans for old Peter!|
|God:||You won't feel any better. You'll feel worse. Revenge isn't sweet. Think of how unhappy you really are. But I'll change all that.|
|Person:||You will? How?|
|God:||Forgive Peter. Then I'll forgive you. Then the hate and sin will be Peter's problem and not yours. You may lose the money, but you will have settled your heart.|
|Person:||It doesn't sound easy, but deep down, I know it would be worth the effort. Thank you, Lord, for helping me work through this. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For yours is the kingdom, the power and the glory for ever and ever. AMEN.|
I am so blessed that our God hears our prayers - aren't you!
If you are having a holiday - God bless!
With much love,
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