Praying with the Lord’s Prayer
Praying with the Lord’s Prayer through Lent
Begin with silence. Say the first line of the Lord’s Prayer several times.
Our Father in heaven…
He is your Abba. He is above all and by His power, holds all things together. Let the power and truth of these words sink into your soul. After a few moments, read the prayer focus of the day, along with the passage of Scripture. Then spend some time praying through the accompanying prayer. As you go throughout your day, prayerfully bring to mind the focus of the day.[spacer height=”5px”]
Prayer Focus :: Your kingdom come in my mind.[spacer height=”5px”]
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher
than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. –Isaiah 55:8-9[spacer height=”5px”]
God, help me to see my life and circumstances from Your perspective. May my thoughts be honoring to You. Throughout my day, help me to be aware of what and how I’m thinking. As the Psalmist prayed “search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.” May Your kingdom come in my mind.-Amen[spacer height=”5px”]
Prayer Focus :: Your kingdom come in my heart.
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts.
–Colossians 3:15[spacer height=”5px”]
Sovereign King, I surrender the kingdoms of my life to you. My desires. My ambitions. My plans. My relationships. My career. My everything. I desire for my heart to be Christ’s throne. May Your kingdom come in my heart. –Amen[spacer height=”5px”]
Prayer Focus :: Your kingdom come in my home.
The kingdom of God is in your midst. –Luke 17:21[spacer height=”5px”]
God, my family is a kingdom. I can try and do all that I can for this little kingdom, but today, I remind myself that you are the Ultimate King. May the members of my family live in accordance to Your will and Your ways. May our home be filled with the joy and peace that comes from living fully surrendered to Christ. May Your kingdom come in my home. –Amen[spacer height=”5px”]
Prayer Focus :: Your kingdom come in my community.
If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. – 2 Chronicles 7:14[spacer height=”5px”]
God, You have a plan for the Rio Grand Valley. May Your plans and purposes be revealed and fulfilled. May Your people turn to You, seek Your face and turn from their wicked ways. Come and heal our land. Bring Your peace and justice to the border. May Your kingdom come in our community. -Amen[spacer height=”5px”]
Prayer Focus :: Your kingdom come in my nation.[spacer height=”5px”]
1 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior. –1 Timothy 2:1-3[spacer height=”5px”]
King of the Universe, the heavens are Your throne, the earth is Your footstool. As the prophet Isaiah declared, “You hold the oceans in Your palm. You have measured off the heavens with Your fingers.” You hold the hearts of kings in Your hand. May You indeed turn the hearts of our leaders toward righteousness, justice and truth. May Your kingdom come in our nation. -Amen[spacer height=”5px”]
Prayer Focus :: Your kingdom come… on earth as it is in heaven.[spacer height=”5px”]
5 Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, 6 you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. –Exodus 19:5-6[spacer height=”5px”]
9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
-1 Peter 2:9-10
Great God and Designer of the Universe, who am I that you are mindful of me? You have chosen me, called me and appointed me to live at this particular time in history. You have a plan and a purpose for my life, a mission to be accomplished. May I step aside and allow You to take center stage in all my life. May I be an extension on Your kingdom here on earth. May Your kingdom come, here on earth as it is in heaven. -Amen
Praying with the Lord’s Prayer through Lent
Our Father in heaven…
He is your Abba. He is above all and by His power, holds all things together.
Hallowed be Your name…
Father, cause Your great and holy name to be honored and reverenced and esteemed and treasured above all things everywhere in the world, including my heart. -Amen
Father, I am not asking for the fame or fortune. I am asking for bread. Give me what I need to live a full life in You. May I never look to anything or anyone to be my source of life or to define who I am. I am complete in You. -Amen
Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors…
Father, I am thankful for forgiveness, but I don’t want to keep sinning. Convict me of the overpowering entanglements of temptation. Deliver me from evil. Guard me from Satan and from all his works and all his ways. Deliver me from myself. Put within me a passion to walk in holiness. -Amen
You can’t pray, “Your kingdom come” until you are prepared to pray, “My kingdom go.” Are you willing to do that? Until we give God permission to supplant or even dismantle our personal kingdom— our own wants, desires, priorities, plans, and goals— we can’t really pray “Your kingdom come” with any integrity.
Give us today our daily bread. -Matthew 6:11
Daily, bring your needs before God. Be specific. Pray through your schedule and the day that is about to unfold – the meetings, appointments, decisions, challenges, etc. Ask God to help you use what you have been given to live out His WILL, to expand His KINGDOM, and to display His great NAME.
Practice being fully present in the moment. Ask God to show you when you begin to dwell on the regents of YESTERDAY or worry about the uncertainties of TOMORROW.
Take each meal as an opportunity to recognize God’s abundant provision. Spend a few moments at the end of everyday and give thanks for another day. Ask God to show you how He has been present and active throughout your day.
At each meal, as you give thanks to God for His provision to you, spend a few moments and pray for those who are in need (those you know personally, as well as those who live in your community and abroad).
JESUS is OUR BREAD
Jesus is the Bread of Life. He is the only One who can satisfy the deep longing and hunger within our souls. It is as we follow His will, live within His kingdom and honor His name that we experience life to the full, overflowing with peace and joy.
Throughout each day this week, pause and simply say, “Jesus, You are my bread. It is You that sustains and give me life. Give us today our daily bread.”
Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
Each day, take the portion of Scripture provided and spend some time reading, reflecting and praying. Allow God to direct your thoughts, prayers and how you should respond to the text.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. -1 John 1:9 NIV
Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting. -Psalm 139:24-25 NIV
12 How can I know all the sins lurking in my heart? Cleanse me from these hidden faults.
13 Keep your servant from deliberate sins! Don’t let them control me. Then I will be free of guilt and innocent of great sin.
14 May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. –Psalm 19:12-14 NLT
For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. –Matthew 6:14-15 NIV
Matthew 18:21-35 :: The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant
12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. –Colossians 3:12-13 NIV
This week, we wrapped up our Teach Us to Pray series, where we used the Lord’s Prayer as a framework. As we concluded this week, we ended the service with a powerful poetic expansion of the Lord’s Prayer. It serves as a good example of how each element of the Lord’s Prayer can be applied and prayed to our lives in the here and now. The following is the poetic piece that was shared at the end of service. This week, take some time using it as a springboard for reflection and prayer.
The Lord’s Prayer :: A Poetic Expansion
Who art in heaven
hallowed be thy name.
That name, The name we cannot tame,
And would not aim to try.
For your name’s above all names,
Relentlessly shows its fame,
And effortlessly holds its claim.
Your name it is holy.
Your name is the only
One that can Be known as the I Am.
So we stand here In your presence,
And we pray here in deference
And we ask:
May Thy kingdom come
Thy will be done.
It can be done; It will be done;
The work’s begun
On earth As it is in heaven—
In you and me,
Friends, can you see
The we that we would be
If he’d not set us free
To be the we
That he Can make us be?
Our lives are exchanged.
Our hearts have been changed.
Our passions rearranged.
And he has beseeched us,
Unleashed us, Bequeathed us
The keys to his kingdom,
The work that must be done.
Here and now
We can plant and plow
He will show us how.
So don’t wait. Don’t hesitate.
Don’t let it percolate,
Or let time confiscate
The power We have in this day and hour.
My brothers and sisters,
We cannot resist this;
It is our existence
To become his assistants,
To make exchange,
To enact change,
All in his name.
So that when we say,
“Give us this day
our daily bread,”
We mean instead:
Please, God, give unto us
The things that you have for us
That will make us victorious.
But first we must attend
To the things we must amend,
And the ways we still pretend
To be something other
Than the life you’ve uncovered.
So search our hearts and know us,
And show us The brokenness in us.
Bring to mind our lapses,
And forgive us our trespasses.
Let the light of your face
The trappings of this place
By the power of your grace.
For it’s by you we live And give
As we forgive.
And choose not to pass judgments
On those who affront us
who trespass against us.
Perfection forgave us
And gives us The means for forgiveness
In your mighty name
Remove all our stains,
And precede us,
And lead us
not into temptation
But towards your redemption
Made possible by your preemption
Father, please deliver us
From evil that may hinder us.
For we find ourselves connected
To the power that resurrected.
It has seized us,
It frees us,
Sin flees us
because we have seen Jesus!
My mind cannot fathom
The wonder that can come,
That has come
For thine is the kingdom,
And the power,
And the glory.
For ever and ever
by Nick Benoit