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​The Lord’s Prayer: Sacred but Ineffectual

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For many years, the Lord’s prayer had been revered and respected. It is often recited in religious ceremonies and services. It is God-honoring when we approach the Lord’s prayer with reverence and holy awe, but we sometimes forget the true purpose of it. Jesus gave this prayer in response to his disciples request for him to teach them to pray. It seems odd that Jesus’ disciples would ask him to teach them to pray because the Jewish culture, in many ways was based on prayer. But as they followed their Teacher,they saw a different approach to prayer. Jesus’ prayers were intimate and frequent i.e. relational. Healthy relationships thrive on frequent quality time with someone who is loved by another. Just like any relationship, Jesus taught them to pray, so they, like him, could stay in constant contact with the Father. When we lock up the Lord’s prayer behind a display of sanctification, we keep it out of reach and we discourage daily use. It becomes so sacred, we occasionally recite it but it is ineffectual in the area we need it most-our daily lives. It is impossible to know the effectiveness of the Lord’s prayer until we unpack it use it regularly.

Over the next few entries, I will unpack each phrase of the Lord’s Pray to show how it can bring us closer to the Father every day.

​We Rely on God More, When the Path is Unfamiliar

“I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.”Is. 42:16This passage has always baffled me. It doesn’t seem right. Wouldn’t it be better to [...]

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Let’s face it, people talk to themselves. We don’t like to admit it, but it’s true. I confess that when I think about other people doing it, I’m pretty judgmental. It’s interesting. I judge myself by my intentions, but judge others by their actions. For instance, if I’m walking around Target asking myself, “Now, what was I here for?” or [...]

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God Don’t Tear You Down, He Build You Up

One of my favorite movies, “My Fair Lady,” stars Rex Harrison and Audrey Hepburn. Harrison plays professor Henry Higgins a master linguist and authority on world languages. Higgins attempts to help Hepburn’s character Elisa Doolittle, to “talk proper.” Like Higgins, languages, dialects, derivatives, prefixes, latin, puns,synonyms, antonyms, spelling and regional accents all intrigue me. I [...]

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That Just Ain’t Right (Psalm 73 pt 2)

In my last entry I explained how the psalmist Asaph was on a mental and spiritual hamster wheel. He was confused as to why evil people seemed to have great lives while the people who were dedicated to God seemed to struggle. The more he thought about this, the worse things got for him. Asaph [...]

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Like many of my mom friends, I’m a bit of a “clean freak.”Whether it’s true or not, a dirt-free home makes me feel like I’m creating an environment that keeps my family healthy and less prone to sickness. In my younger days, when I was a teacher, one of my coworker friends who had recently [...]

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Finding God's Plan

If you had met me some time ago, and you asked me to describe my life in one phrase, I would have said, “stuck in the middle.” I wasn’t in an entry level position at work, but I wasn't on the executive team. I wasn’t alienated by my extended family, but we weren’t as close as we could have [...]

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