You and the Lord's Prayer
I cannot say Our, if my religion has no room for others and their need.
I cannot say Father, if I do not demonstrate this relationship in my daily living.
I cannot say Who is in Heaven, if all my interests and pursuits are in earthly things.
I cannot say Hallowed be Your Name, if I, who am called by his name, am not holy.
I cannot say Your Kingdom come, if I am unwilling to give up my own sovereignty
and accept the righteous reign of God.
I cannot say Your will be done, if I am unwilling or resentful of having it in my life.
I cannot say On earth as it is in Heaven, unless I am truly ready to give myself to
his service here and now.
I cannot say Give us this day our daily bread, without expending honest effort for
it or by ignoring the genuine needs of my fellow human beings.
I cannot say Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass
against us, if I continue to harbor a grudge against anyone.
I cannot say Lead us not into temptation, if I deliberately choose to be remain in a
situation where I am likely to be tempted.
I cannot say Deliver us from evil, if I am not prepared to fight in the spiritual realm
with the weapon of prayer.
I cannot say Yours is the Kingdom, if I do not give the King the disciplined obedience
of a loyal subject.
I cannot say Yours is the power, if I fear what my neighbors and friends say or do.
I cannot say Yours is the glory, if I am seeking my own glory first.
I cannot say Forever, if I am too anxious about each day's affairs.
I cannot say Amen, unless I honestly say: "Cost what it may, this is my prayer."
from the Treasury of Orthodoxy