I was reading Max Lucado’s meditation on the Lord’s Prayer this morning and it reminded me of some simple truths. From Lucado’s book, The Great House of God, he writes,
[Thank you for adopting me into your family.]
[Thank you, my Lord, for being a God of the present tense:
my Jehovah-jireh (the God who provides),
my Jehovah-raah (the caring Shepherd),
my Jehovah-shalom (the Lord is peace),
my Jehovah-rophe (the God who heals),
and my Jehovah-nissi (Lord, my banner).]
[Your workshop of creation reminds me: If you can make the skies, you can make sense out of my struggles.]
Hallowed be thy name.
[Be holy in my heart. You are a “cut above” all else.
Enable me to set my sights on you.]
Thy kingdom come,
[Come kingdom! Be present, Lord Jesus!
Have free reign in every corner of my life.]
Thy will be done,
[Reveal your heart to me, dear Father.
Show me my role in your passion.
Grant me guidance in the following decisions …]
On earth as it is in heaven.
[Thank you that you silence heaven to hear my prayer.
On my heart are the ones you love. I pray for …]
Give us this day our daily bread.
[I accept your portion for my life today.
I surrender the following concerns regarding my well-being …]
Forgive us our debts,
[I thank you for the roof of grace over my head,
bound together with the timbers and nails of Calvary. There is nothing I can do to earn or add to your mercy. I confess my sins to you …]
As we also have forgiven our debtors;
[Treat me, Father, as I treat others.
Have mercy on the following friends who have wounded me …]
Lead us not into temptation,
[Let my small hand be engulfed in yours.
Hold me, lest I fall. I ask for special strength regarding …]
Thine – not mine – is the kingdom,
[I lay my plans at your feet.]
Thine – not mine – is the power,
[I come to you for strength.]
Thine – not mine – is the glory,
[I give you all the credit.]