The Lord’s Prayer
I cannot say…..
“Our” – if I live only for myself.
“Father” – if I do not endeavor each day to act like his child.
“Who art in heaven” – if I am laying up no treasure there.
“Hallowed be thy name” – if I am not striving for holiness.
“Thy Kingdom come” – if I am not doing all in my power to hasten that wonderful event.
“Thy will be done” – if I am disobedient to his Word.
“On earth as it is in heaven” – if I do not serve him here and now.
“Give us this day our daily bread” – if I am dishonest or am seeking things by subterfuge.
“Forgive us our debts” – if I harbor a grudge against anyone.
“Lead us not into temptation” – if I deliberately place myself in its path.
“Deliver us from evil” – if I do not put on the whole armor of God.
“Thine is the kingdom” – if I do not give the King the loyalty due him from a faithful subject.
“The power” – if I fear what men may do.
“The glory” – if I’m seeking honor only for myself, and
“Forever” – if the horizon of my life is completely bounded by time.