Lets start the years at, well let’s see, how about the Beginning. In recovery we hit the rooms and we see the prayers well before we try the steps.
What is that about?
Two prayers to start the month and the year:
A few prayers we Should neeeeeed to know early on in the program whether that be recovery or church.
God grant me the serenity To accept the things I cannot change; Courage to change the things I can; And wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time; Enjoying one moment at a time; Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; Taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world As it is, not as I would have it; Trusting that He will make all things right If I surrender to His Will;
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life And supremely happy with Him Forever and ever in the next.
To open the year I’d like to look deeper into another prayer we take so for granted… we mouth the words, we puke them out many times with no real thought to what we just said.
Spend some time this morning considering this prayer from the message I put together about it!:
The Lord’s Prayer Words
Our Father, which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom,
The power, and the glory,
For ever and ever.
So we all know it. We all say it at church or to close a AA meeting but what are we really saying? Spend the next 30 minutes with me as we look at exacly what we are saying when we PRAY this prayer.
Click for: The message on the Lord’s Prayer
You may not remember, but you asked. I did. We all do. I hear it more than most other questions for people new to the faith. I hear variations of the question.
People who have not been in the church or of faith. They have many faces.
A man in a hospital with a wife close to death. An addict lying in her own urine at the end of her rope with no place to go. A child who ran away after taking the last beating he could stand. They all say “I don’t even know how to pray.” What do I say?
The new Christian and the lost starving to connect. They want to know, just as the disciplines did, how to pray.
Jesus held a class as described in Matthew and again in Luke. He taught them. “Prayer form” is what he taught.
These are instructions. Instructions on how to pray. A praying for Dummies if you will. Remember, Jesus was their Rabbi, which means Teacher! This was not necessary a prayer, it is meant to be “THE PRAYER” but the model for praying. Obviously, it can be prayed because billions have prayed it for a couple of thousand years. But what does the Bible say?
. Pray ye therefore thus
So what does it Say?
First we get in Tune With God
OUR FATHER WHO ART IN HEAVEN. HALLOWED BE THY NAME.
Our Father – Who? Our Father! The Father in Heaven, These were Jews there is no doubt it is God the Only God. If there was a question so far Jesus answers it here by then saying Hallowed be thy name. What does that mean? Hallowed? We see it in Exodus when God Tells Moses to take off his shoes he is on Hollowed ground. We know that to be in in God’s presence then is Hollowed. This is interchanged with Sacred or the word sanctified. Or HOLY! It’s GOD! And even His Name is Holy and so when we say this it should be with Reverence! Hallowed be your Name.
Thy Kingdom come, the will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven
This next part is tricky. Thy Kingdom Come.
We get in agreement with God
Is he calling for God’s Kingdom or Looking forward till it comes. Both. And while we are waiting we tell God that we will do on earth as it is done in Heaven. WHAT??????? Hello this might be the biggest problem praying and amending(which mean so be it) a set prayer.
Let me see, is there anyone here Doing things at home like we even remotely you think is being done in God’s ,heaven? Not AT MY HOUSE. If fact if He comes back to day the Renfro have some explaining to do!
Let’s move on — Stay with me now….
Now we petition God for some Stuff
Give us our daily bread
. We all know by now this is the word as well as the actual food. Sustain us. The actual words used means give all we need for today. Reminiscent of the dessert crossing and the manta where God told them take Just enough for the day. Notice Jesus is always staying n the present minute! Give our Daily bread not this weeks groceries. Elsewhere he tells us worrying. He says the same thing worry about the today’s stuff tomorrow has enough worries of it own.
The We ask a two part conditional petition.
Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors
Here we ask for something and make a promise. I know people today that have prayed this prayer today with in all Ernest that have no idea they just promised GOD that they were forgive all the people that they were made at! YEP GOD we say please forgive us our sins, the things that made you mad at me and I am going to do the same thing in my life. And if I don’t? We know God forgives us. We also know God has this really cool scale. He lets us set the grade curve. We see it when Jesus says you be you’ll be held accountable the same way you hold others accountable. Like where bring our gifts to the alter he says if someone has something against YOU leave your gifts before the alter and go tot hem and fix it then come back and give your offering to GOD. Scary he is holding me to his standard by MY rules! every word, SCRIPTURE and RED LETTER SCRIPTURE at that meaning, JESUS SAID IT!
Lastly we Ask GOD, for Guidance and Protection
And we Finish this as a circle by insuring we are in deed in tune with who HE IS.
Lead us Not into temptation, but deliver from Evil
God does not temp us. Satan Temps us as he did Christ. We ask God to lead us into temptation and to deliver us from the evil some texts say the evil one. We get hooked up with some bad stuff in our lives bad people bad addictions, bad ideas. They are from the evil one and we ask God to take us away from that. To not turn us over to the evil one. What? Will God Give us up? No that is why we next ask DELIVER US FROM EVIL or the EVIL ONE! We know about Job but if we read in Romans it tells us at some point if we are following the wrong path and refuse to turn away He at some point will give us over to our evil desires….. So that we might self destruct but our souls should have hope…. Bigger
The Power and Glory Forever and Ever
And Now we come full Circle we again align yourself with the power of the Only One Powerful God the I AM of the Holy Bible. God by saying you are the Power and the Glory forever! we agree you are the ONE!
Then and just important we say Amen,
Amen. Means We seal this with our agreement. The Bible tells we need to know what we are saying amen to. If we are saying amen and not knowing we could be agreeing to some stuff we do not really agree too. So make you Yes a yes when you say Amen. AMEN?
Lets ask God for forgiveness for saying His prayer and for the POWER to PRAY his Prayer in the future. Let’s pray.
Thanks for being here. God Bless you