Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. – Matt 6:9-13 (KJV)
I cannot say OUR if I live in a logic-tight spiritual compartment thinking that only people who agree with me are going to heaven.
I cannot say FATHER if I do not demonstrate that relationship in my own daily life.
I cannot say WHICH ART IN HEAVEN if I am not laying up treasure there.
I cannot say HALLOWED BE THY NAME if I, who am called by His name, am not holy.
I cannot say THY WILL BE DONE if I am questioning, resentful, or disobedient of His will for me.
I cannot say ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN if I am not prepared to devote my life here to His service.
I cannot say GIVE US OUR DAILY BREAD if I am living on past experiences, or looking elsewhere for satisfaction and motivation.
I cannot say FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES AS WE FORGIVE THOSE THAT TRESPASS AGAINST US if I harbor a grudge against anyone.
I cannot say LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION if I deliberately place myself or remain in a position where I am likely to be tempted.
I cannot say DELIVER US FROM EVIL if I am not prepared to fight it in the spiritual realm with the weapon of prayer.
I cannot say THINE IS THE KINGDOM if I do not accord the King of my life the disciplined obedience of a loyal subject.
I cannot say THINE IS THE POWER if I fear what men may do or what my neighbors may think.
I cannot say THINE IS THE GLORY if I am seeking glory for myself.
I cannot say FOR EVER AND EVER if my horizon is bounded by the things of time.
I cannot say AMEN if I do not also add the phrase, “Cost what it may”, because to say this prayer honestly will cost me everything I have.
From the “Lists – the Book Vol. II” by Derric Johnson. Published by Y.E.S.S Press.