I appreciated Tom’s words a couple of weeks ago about slowing down and thinking about our words when we say memorized prayers. Let them move our hearts. How else do we stop the “babble like the pagans”?
I’ll share with you a habit I started during my commute to Baker City. It took me nearly the entire 40 some miles to complete. I don’t want to sound pious or preachy and I might even be interpreting the Lord’s Prayer incorrectly. Still I’m excited to share this with you, my blog readers, because it help me improve my prayer time.
OUR FATHER WHO ART IN HEAVEN, HALLOWED BE THY NAME
hallowed…holy….powerful….creator of everything…..who am I to be worthy to even talk to you?…..heaven….this earth is a temporary place…help me to prioritize correctly all the things in my life……your name…..keep me from hurting your name….help me to promote your name……help me to be in agreement with you ….to be a servant carrying your name to the world
YOUR KINGDOM COME YOUR WILL BE DONE, ON EARTH AS IN HEAVEN
in heaven everyone worships you and loves you, all the angels and saints praise you in heaven……please help my family, our girls, their husbands, our grandchildren, my dad, my brother and sister, their families, Tony’s brothers and sisters, their families, our Methodist Church, our Catholic Church, help us all love you with our whole heart, our whole mind, our whole body. Help us trust and follow you, to truly be sheep in your flock
GIVE US OUR DAILY BREAD
our daily bread…our needs, money, jobs, yet I’ve never been without food, shelter, or clothes…..in fact I really only need you, the bread of heaven come down to feed us….if you are in my day, no matter what happens it will be OK, so as St. Patrick said in his prayer, come before me, come after me, come beside me….. if you come before me, everything in my day came from you. if you come after me, you can clean up any messes I’ve accidentally made, if you come beside me, I can hold your hand. I want to hold your hand. I’m so very sorry for those times I’ve jerked my hand away from you because I was angry. I know I hurt the nail scarred hole as I pulled away. Please forgive me.
AND FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO TRESPASS AGAINST US
have I hurt anyone? …. Is there anyone I need to forgive? …..
AND LED US NOT INTO TEMPTATION BUT DELIVER US FROM EVIL
keep me from the evil one…..help me temper my tongue and let the words be kind, considerate, truthful and honest and seasoned with salt…..help me control my addiction with food and sugars……
As you see, the prayer became a confession and pleading AND it was what Tom suggested we do a couple of weeks ago. Since retirement, I’m struggling to find my quiet corner to pray since I don’t have 55 minutes travel time to work. I have a better understanding of the parable of the sower…..Matthew 13:22 ….I need to be careful about the worldly anxieties choking out the word where it bears no fruit.
OK, enough babbling my pondering about prayer. Listen to Tom’s words about prayer.