Thursday, December 12, 2013

Reflect when praying

Our Father, Who art in heaven: Acknowledge the Lord your God with all your mind, soul and spirit.

Hallowed be Thy Name: Holy is His name, Worship and Praise the living God.  Reverence the Lord

Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven: 
Ask God to have His Kingdom and Will come upon your life on earth, as He would have in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread:  The Lord provides all of our needs, He is our GREAT PROVIDER.  His blessings and responses are never too late. His answers come at the opportune time.

And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us: Forgive our sins as we promise to forgive those who hurt us.  Ask the Lord to provide you with strength and compassion for others.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
Temptation can mean two things: 

1) ask God not to allow us to do evil, follow evil or fall into evil traps.  Recall that in James 1:13 it says, “Let no one say when he is tempted, I am being tempted by God, for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one."

2) At times, God may allow certain trials in our lives for His purpose, but remember that in 1 Corinthians 10:13 it also says, "No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it."

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.   And the people of God say Amen.  Praise God!

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