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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Pray with me

"This, then, is how you should pray:
'Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come,
your will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.'"
Matthew 6:9-13 (NIV 1984)

Instead of "babbling on", Jesus gives us a simple example of how to pray. It covers all the bases- praising God, God's will, our needs, forgiveness, temptation. (A footnote adds the phrase "for yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.")

And instead of "babbling on" and writing a line-by-line analysis of this, I will simply invite you to pray the Lord's Prayer every day for a week. I'll be praying too.

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Let's pray the prayer that Jesus taught his disciples to pray:

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come,
your will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our debts,
as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

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