I cannot say Our
if my religion has no room for others and their needs.
I cannot say Father
if I do not demonstrate this relationship in my daily life.
I cannot say who art in Heaven
if all my interests and pursuits are in earthly things.
I cannot say hallowed be thy name
if I, who am called by his name am not holy.
I cannot say thy Kingdom come
if I am unwilling to give up my own sovereignty and accept the righteous reign of God.
I cannot say thy will be done
if I am unwilling or resentful of having it in my life.
I cannot say on Earth as it is in Heaven
unless I am truly ready to give myself to his service here and now.
I cannot say give us this day our daily bread
without expending honest effort for it or by ignoring the genuine needs of my fellow men.
I cannot say forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us
if I continue to harbor a grudge against anyone.
I cannot say lead us not into temptation
if I deliberately choose to remain in a situation where I am likely to be tempted.
I cannot say deliver us from evil
if I am not prepared to fight in the spiritual realm with the weapon of prayer.
I cannot say Thine is the kingdom
if I do not give the King the disciplined obedience of a loyal subject.
I cannot say Thine is the power
if I fear what my neighbors do or say to me.
I cannot say Thine is the glory
if I am seeking my own glory first.
I cannot say forever
if I am anxious about each day's events.
I cannot say Amen
unless I honestly say "Cost what it may, this is my prayer."
© Tina's Prayer Gate
January 26, 2013