Expanding the Lord's Prayer
This is the gist of the prayers that were used on the Sunday Morning service in Kirkcudbright recently. They are based around the Lord's Prayer, and various interpretations of it. I originally came across this idea of expanding the prayer over 30 years ago and have come across several published versions, and I am sure there are others around, just as much as I am sure others have had the idea as well which I do not not know about.
Having read several of these over the years I have collated my thoughts together for the recent service, mainly using the modern translation of the Message as inspiration in a way that seemed right in this occasion. Apologies in advance if it seems that the odd word or sentence has been copied from elsewhere. This prayer has not intentionally been taken from any specific source other than the Bible.
Our prayers this morning are based around the Lords prayer as recorded in Matthew, mainly using the modern translation the Message as inspiration.
Let us pray - Our Father in heaven, reveal who you are:-
Help us to really know you Lord, to bless, to worship, and praise you for all that you do. For your almighty power, wisdom, kindness, justice, mercy, and truth. Help us to live our lives - what we say, think, and do — so that your name will never be dishonoured, because of us, but always honoured and praised.
Your kingdom come:-
Rule us by your Word and Spirit in such a way, that we submit to you. Keep your church strong, alive and let it grow. Destroy the devil’s work and every force which works against you and against your Word. Do this until your kingdom is complete and perfect.
Do what's best— as above, so below:-
Help us to obey your will here on earth, without any moaning. Your will alone is perfect. Help us carry out the work we are called to do as willingly and faithfully as the angels do theirs in heaven.
Keep us alive with three square meals:-
Lord take care of all our physical needs. We acknowledge, that you are the only true source of everything good, and that neither our worry nor our work can do us any good without your blessing. Help us to give up our trust in ourselves, and to put our trust in you alone.
Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others:-
Lord wash away all the sins that we have done, and the evil that clings to us, with Christ’s blood. Forgive us, just as we are fully determined to forgive any wrongs done by our neighbours, as evidence of your grace in us.
Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil:-
By ourselves we are too weak to hold our own. Our sworn enemies; the devil, the selfish world, and our own evil desires, never stop attacking us. So Lord, take us and make us strong with your Holy Spirit, so that we may not give in, with this spiritual struggle, but may firmly resist our enemies until we finally win the complete victory.
You're in charge! You can do anything you want!
We have made all these requests of you because, as our all-powerful King, you not only want to, but are able to give us all that is good; It is your holy name, and not us that should receive all the praise, forever.
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