“After this manner, therefore, pray ye…” Matthew 6:9-13
We cannot pray “OUR” if we have no room in our life for others and their needs.
We cannot pray “FATHER” if we do not demonstrate this relationship in our daily living.
We cannot pray “WHO ART IN HEAVEN” if all our interests and
pursuits are in earthly things.
We cannot pray “HALLOWED BE THY NAME” if we, who are called to bear His name, are not holy.
We cannot pray “THY KINGDOM COME” if we are unwilling to give up our own sovereignty and accept His righteous reign.
We cannot pray “THY WILL BE DONE” if we are unwilling or resentful of having Yahveh’s will in our life.
We cannot pray “ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN” unless we are truly ready to give ourselves to His service here and now.
We cannot pray “GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD” without expending honest effort for it, or by ignoring the genuine needs of others.
We cannot pray “FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO TRESPASS AGAINST US” if we continue to harbor a grudge against anyone.
We cannot pray “LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION” if we deliberately choose to remain in a situation where we are likely to be tempted.
We cannot pray “DELIVER US FROM EVIL” if we are not prepared to fight in the spiritual realm with the ultimate weapon of prayer.
We cannot pray “THINE IS THE KINGDOM” if we do not give the kind of disciplined obedience of a loyal subject.
We cannot pray “THINE IS THE POWER” if we fear what our neighbors may say or do.
We cannot pray “FOREVER” if we are too anxious about each
We cannot say “AMEN” unless we can honestly say “cost
what it may, this is my prayer.”