Scripture: Ephesians 3:14-17
For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.
This re-imagining and expansion of the Lord’s Prayer as a step-by-step confession of our weakness is a model for us to follow as we pray, not just the Lord’s Prayer, but the Psalms, Christ’s other prayers in Scripture, or prayers that we read from believers throughout history. May our insufficiencies always bring us to the feet of the sufficient Savior and may our hearts continue to be shaped by the indwelling and empowering Holy Spirit. — John
Reflections on the Lord’s Prayer From Argentina :: Worldwide Prayer
Our Father in heaven
We want to pray, “Hallowed be your name.”
For we acknowledge your holiness.
We want to pray, “Your Kingdom come:
But we behave as if this was our kingdom!
We want to pray, “Your will be done”
But we so easily put our will before yours!
We want to pray, “Give us this day our daily bread”
But we desire the bread for tomorrow as well!
We want to pray “Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors”
But we do not even forgive unintentional debts!
Lord, have mercy on us.
Help us to follow your example of forgiveness.
And because “Yours is the Kingdom”
Give us concern for all human beings…
Because “Yours is the power”
Help us to proclaim your Word with power.
Because “Yours is the glory”
May our lives reflect that divine glory
In the name of Jesus, name above all names, we pray.
*Prayer from Hallowed be Your Name: A collection of prayers from around the world, Dr. Tony Cupit, Editor.
The Request for Presence
Let all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; let these who love your salvation say forever, “Great is the Lord!” — Psalm 70:4
– From The Divine Hours: Prayers for Summertime by Phyllis Tickle.
Full prayer available online and in print.
1 Kings 6 (Listen – 5:10)
Ephesians 3 (Listen – 2:41)