A prayer inspired by The Lord’s Prayer

Lord, you are holy. You are perfect. You are good and complete in every way. And I desire to see you, your name and your Word revered as such.

Lord, I ask that you send your Kingdom. We are lost without you and are in desperate need of more of you. So I ask that you come with your presence and your glory and inhabit us in a new and fresh way. I ask for more of your Spirit. I ask that you help us humbly decrease so that you could powerfully increase. Your original plan was that heaven would be established on earth, so I declare in the name of Jesus that You Who began a good work will be faithful and bring it to completion. May your kingdom come and your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Lord, give us eyes to see to the daily bread you provide. We confess, Heavenly Father, that we often crave the provision of this world more than our heavenly portion. But we ask, Father, that you help us crave the pure spiritual milk of the word, that we may grow. Yet, we thank you and praise you that as we seek first the kingdom of heaven and its righteousness, you are faithful to add to our lives the material things we need. We confess, Lord, that we are in need your provision and we trust you to provide it.

Father, many of us have been unwise in how we’ve handled what you’ve given us. We’ve accumulated debt when your Word has shown us a better way. Forgive us these sins and our debts, Father. As we honor your will and your ways for our money, I ask that you bring quick resolution to our financial burdens. Teach us to properly steward the resources given us. Empower us by your grace to bear the fruit of self-control. Give us generous hearts just as you are generous. You’ve told us that it is better to give than to receive and we declare that you are right.

And help us also be quick to forgive, just as you are. We have sinned much and have been forgiven much, Lord. Thank you so much for modeling perfect and unconditional love and forgiveness. We want to be reflections of that to the world. Much has been given to us and we acknowledge that much is now expected of us.

Lord, we know that you never tempt us. You have shown us that “each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.” Our human nature is fallen and we as a people are in need of a savior to be made right in Your eyes. Thank you, Jesus, pure spotless lamb, for being the necessary sacrifice for our sins. Thank you for delivering us from the snare of our own fallenness. Thank you for delivering us from the evil one. You have called us out of darkness and into your marvelous light. And I thank you, Father, that when I am tempted, you always provide a way out so that I can stand up under it. I thank you that you truly have set the captives free.

You are God and there is no one like you. You are holy, completely unique and set apart from all of the created order. The heavens declare your glory, God, and the skies proclaim the work of your hands. Yet, we know that today we still only see dimly. One day we will see your glory fully. Father, we long for that day. We long to be united with you and to have the eyes of our understanding completely enlightened, that we may know you entirely.

You are worthy of all worship, honor and praise, Heavenly Father. Of the increase of your government, there will be no end. And we confess that we need your government to increase. We need your rule and influence in our lives to grow. Because we need your goodness, Father. We need your life. Apart from you, we have nothing.

Thank you for choosing and electing us to be your sons and daughters. Thank you that it is your nature to love us and your good pleasure to give us the kingdom. I love you. I ask and pray all these things in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Joel Maust

Joel Maust is a blogger, marketer and photographer living in the beautiful Flathead Valley of northwest Montana.

2 Comments

sherry

about 9 years ago

amen!

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Crystal

about 9 years ago

and AMEN! again :-)

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