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A friend of mine (yes I do have some) posted the following on Facebook.

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I hope it blesses you as much as it did me.

Praying The Lord’s Prayer

pray105“Our Father which art in heaven,”
Yes?
“Don’t interrupt me. I’m praying”
But you called me
“Called you? I didn’t call you. I’m praying. “‘Our  Father which art in heaven,”
There you did it again
“Did what?”
Called me.  You said, “Our Father which art in heaven.” Here I am.  What’s on your mind?
“But I didn’t mean anything by it. I was, you know, just saying  my prayers for the day. I always say the  Lord’s Prayer. It makes me feel good, kind of like  getting a duty done.”
All right. Go on.
“Hallowed be Thy name.”
Hold it.  What do you mean by that?
“By what?”
By “Hallowed be Thy name?”
“It means. It means …. Good grief, I don’t know what it means.  How should I know?  It’s just a part of the prayer.  By the way, what does it mean?”
It means honoured,  holy, wonderful.
“Hey that makes sense. I never thought about what ‘hallowed’ meant before.” “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth  as it is in heaven.”
Do you really mean that?
” Sure, why not?”
What are you doing about it?
“Doing? Nothing, I guess. I just think it would be kind of neat if you got control of everything down here like you have up  there.”
Have I got control of you?
” Well, I go to  church.”
That isn’t what I asked you.  What about your  temper? You’ve really got a  problem there, you know.  And then there’s the  way you spend your money – all on yourself. And what about the kinds of  books you read
and what you watch on TV?

“Stop picking on me!  I’m just as  good as the rest of those people at church.”
Excuse me. I thought you were praying for my will to be done.  If that is to happen, it will have  to start with the ones who are praying for it. Like you, for example.
“Oh,  all right. I guess I do have some hang-ups.  Now that you mention it, I could probably name some others.”
So could I!!
“I haven’t thought about it very  much  until now, but I’d really like to cut out some of  those things. I would  like to, you know, be really free.”
Good.  Now we’re getting somewhere. We’ll work together, you and I. Some victories can be truly won. I’m proud of you.
“Look, Lord, I need to finish this up here. This is taking a lot longer than it usually does … Give us this day our daily bread.”
You could cut out the bread. It would help you lose weight.
“Hey, wait a minute! What is this, ‘Criticize, ME day?’ Here I was doing my religious duty, and all of a sudden you break in and remind me of all my hang-ups.”
Praying is a dangerous thing. You could wind  up changed, you know.  That’s what I’m trying to get across to you. Keep praying.  I’m interested in the next part of your prayer.
(Pause)
Well, go on.
“I’m scared to.”
Scared?  Of what?
“I know what you’ll say.”
Try me and see.
“Forgive us our sins, as we  forgive those who sin against us.”
What about Ann?
“See? I knew it! I knew you would bring her up! Why Lord she’s told lies about me, spread stories about my family. She
never paid back the money she owes me.  I’ve sworn to get even with her!”
But your prayer?  What about your prayer?
“I  didn’t mean it.”
Well, at least you’re honest.  But it’s not much fun carrying that load of bitterness inside you, is it?
“No. But, I’ll feel better as soon as I get even. Boy, have I got some plans for that neighbour. She’ll wish she had never moved into this neighbourhood.”
You won’t feel any better. You’ll feel worse. Revenge isn’t sweet. Think of how unhappy you already are. But, I can change  all that.
“You can? How?”
Forgive Ann. Then you’ll sense better My forgiveness for you. Then the hate and sin will be Ann’s problem and not yours. You will have settled your heart.
“Oh, you’re right. You always are. And, more than I want to get revenge against Ann, I want to be right with you. But, (Pause) … (Sigh) … All right. I forgive her.  Help her to find the  right  road in life, Lord.  She’s bound to be awfully miserable now that I think about it.  Anybody who goes around doing the things she does to  others has  to be out of it.  Someway, somehow, show her the right way.
There now!  Wonderful!  How do you feel?
“Hmmm. Well, not bad. Not bad at all. I feel pretty  great. You know, I don’t think I’ll have to go to bed uptight tonight for the first time since I can remember. Maybe I won’t be so tired from now on because I’m not getting enough rest.”
You’re not through with your prayers. Go on.
“Oh, all right. “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”
Good! Good! I’ll do that. Just don’t put yourself in a place where you can be tempted.
“What do you mean by that?”
Don’t turn the TV on when you know the  laundry needs to be done and the house needs to be picked up.  Also about the time you spend with your friends, if you can’t influence the conversation  to positive things,
perhaps you should rethink the value of those friendships. Another thing, your neighbours and friends shouldn’t be your standard for “keeping up.” And please don’t use me as an escape hatch.

“I don’t understand that  last part.”
Sure you do. You’ve done it a lot of times.  You get caught in a bad situation. You get in trouble  and then you come  running to me: “Lord, help me out of this mess, and I promise you I’ll never do it again.” You remember some of those bargains you tried to make with me?
“Yes, and I’m ashamed, Lord, I really am.”
Which bargain are you remembering?
“Well, there was the night that my husband was gone and the children and I were  home alone.  The wind was blowing so hard I thought the  roof would go any minute and tornado warnings were out. I remember saying, ‘Oh God, if you  spare us,  I’ll never skip my devotions again.”
I protected you, but you didn’t keep your promise, did you?
“I’m sorry, Lord I really am. Up until now I thought that  if I just prayed the Lord’s Prayer every day, then I could do what I liked.  I didn’t expect anything  to happen like this.”
Go ahead and finish your prayer.
“For Thine is  the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen”
Do you know what would bring me glory? What would really make me happy?
“No, but I’d like to know. I want to please  you. I can see what a mess I’ve made of my life. And I can see  how great it  would be to really be one of your followers.”
You just answered the question.
“I did?”
Yes. The thing that would bring me glory is to have  people like you truly love Me. And I see that happening between us. Now that some of these old sins are exposed and out of the way, there is no  telling what we can do together.
“Lord, let’s see what we can make of me, OK?”

God bless you

Ray

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  1. Reblogged this on Faith Unlocked and commented:
    Had to share further – I hadn’t seen this before.

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