The Prayer Warrior
I cannot pray "OUR" if my faith has no room for
others and their need.
I cannot pray "FATHER" if I do not demonstrate
this relationship to God in my daily living.
I cannot pray "WHO ART IN HEAVEN" if all my
interests and pursuits are in earthly things.
I cannot pray "HALLOWED BE THY NAME" if I am not
striving for God's help to be holy.
I cannot pray "THY KINGDOM COME" if I am unwilling
to accept God's rule in my life.
I cannot pray "ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN"
unless I am truly ready to give myself to God's
service here and now.
I cannot pray "GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD"
without expending honest effort for it, or if I
would withhold from my neighbor the bread I receive.
I cannot pray "FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES AS WE
FORGIVE THOSE WHO TRESPASS AGAINST US" if I
continue to harbor a grudge against anyone.
I cannot pray "LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION" if I
deliberately choose to remain in a situation where I am
likely to be tempted.
I cannot pray "DELIVER US FROM EVIL" if I am not
prepared to fight with my life and my prayer.
I cannot pray "THINE IS THE KINGDOM" if I am
unwilling to obey the King.
I cannot pray "THINE IS THE POWER AND THE GLORY"
if I am seeking power for myself and my own glory first.
I cannot pray "FOREVER AND EVER" if I am too
anxious about each day's affairs.
I cannot pray "AMEN" unless I honestly say "Not
MY will, but THY will be done." So let it be.
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not
your own doing; it is the gift of God ~ not the result of works,
so that no one may boast. Eph 2:8-9 (NRSV)
[ Denise (www.geocities.com/Heartland/Hollow/4656) -- from Bill Dorman ]
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