Words of Hope: The Lord’s Prayer

Dad loved the Lord’s Prayer, and it was one of his favorite ways to pray. Here is how time with Dad praying the Lord’s Prayer together would go.

Our Father (I am not an only child! God, you are Father of millions and millions of people I join in the gift of being your child.)

Who is in heaven (This is not my home, teach me to consider heaven, to live each day with heaven in mind.)

Holy is Your name. (The name of God is a strong tower, there is power in your name.)

Your kingdom come. (How can I be part of God’s Kingdom now?)

Your will be done. (What am I trying to push as my will—what is God’s will for me?—Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for me.)

On earth, as it is in heaven (Lord, help me find ways to live how You desire today.)

Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. (God, I want nothing to be between You and me, so I need to make sure there is nothing between me and someone else.)

Lead us not into temptation (Help me to recognize temptation before I have indulged or succumb.)

But deliver us from evil (Anyone who does evil has not seen God for the pure in heart see God—give me a pure heart Lord.)

For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. (All I have is Yours.)

Amen (So be it in my life today!)

Thanks, Dad, for a beautiful way to make something that could be repetitious and lifeless a way to treat God’s word with awe and wonder. Thank you for teaching me to pray with a listening heart, a seeking spirit, and deepest respect for a Holy God.

“Always give thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” – Ephesians 5:20