The Amplified Lord's Prayer

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Janice Marsh and her friends in a women's Bible study at Redeemer PCA in Hurricane, West Virginia have written to tell me how much they learned about the Lord's Prayer last fall (full disclosure: they were using my book When Your Pray as a study guide).

They also sent me a prayer that they worked on together -- a prayer that follows the outline of the Lord's Prayer but is expanded to include the lessons they learned in studying it.  With the thought that it may be helpful to others, I include it here:

We are not alone. Our prayer unites us with the body of Christ.

Dearest Father,

We draw near to you through Jesus Christ with confidence and reverence, asking you for all we need.

Make yourself known to us as the Holy One, The Lord Almighty, as we praise and adore you in the beauty of your holiness.

We thank you that your kingdom has already come through your Son Jesus Christ, but we continue to pray . . . Come Lord Jesus, and reign forever and ever.

We are no longer our own, but yours. Put us to what you will, rank us with whom you will; put us to doing, put us to suffering; let us be employed for you or laid aside for you, exalted for you or brought low for you; let us be full, let us be empty, let us have all things, let us have nothing. We freely and wholeheartedly yield all things to your pleasure and disposal. (John Wesley)

Thank you, Father, that you have given us this day the necessities of life, our daily bread. We ask that you also provide for the needs of all our brothers and sisters in Christ throughout the world.

We are debtors. We owe you our very souls. We have nothing with which to pay, but you, our loving Father offer us forgiveness full and free. Thank you that we are truly forgiven; give us the grace to fully forgive.

You are the God who strengthened Jesus to resist temptation. We ask that you strengthen, sustain, and preserve us when we are tempted.

You Lord, are sovereign. You are faithful and protect us from the evil one. We remain safe and secure, invincible in Christ for all eternity.

We join with the voices of the angels to say, “Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours, Yours, O Lord, is the kingdom: you are exalted as head over all.” 1 Chronicles 29:11

Amen, Amen

Posted February 11, 2008 @ 8:42 AM by Phil Ryken
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