I usually pray this before sunrise
on the roof of our apartment building in the hills of Judea, overlooking
the whole countryside, from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv.
Our Father in Heaven - everything starts with reconnecting and
reaffirming our personal relationship with God. This moment of addressing
God in such intimacy as a Father/Dad was a breakthrough in the history of
faith and religion, beyond what was previously experienced by Moses, David
and the Prophets.
Hallowed be Your Name - what we do on this earth can either give
honor and glory to God, or cause Him embarrassment and repulsion. We should
ask ourselves in each situation whether our reaction will cause others to
honor God or despise Him.
Your Kingdom Come - we are here not only to "get saved, get blessed,
get raptured" but to take part in God's great plan to change the
world. Our lives have purpose. The kingdom has an origin-heaven; a
direction-downward; and a destination-earth.
Your Will be Done - there is something that God wants. We have the
choice to do what He wants or to do what He does not want. We pray to know
what He wants us to do, and to decide to do it. No excuses.
Give us our Daily Bread - before other prayers, God knows we need
basic physical provision. For those of us whose work also provides for
other people, we can add the phrase, "And all the daily manna as well."
Forgive our Sins as we Forgive Others - the first step to any
solution is for us to repent: to recognize our own wrongdoing; to stop; to
change. The second step is to get un-forgiveness and resentment out of our
Lead us not into Temptation - repentance deals with our sinful
actions. This prayer deals with our inclination toward sin on the inside;
not just the sin but the temptation to it. God wants to change our
attitudes as well as our actions.
Deliver us from Evil - after all the steps above, we can have
victory over the forces of evil in the world around us.
This article was previously published 18Sep15
on the Revive Israel website
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