A simple way to pray by using the Lord’s Prayer.
- Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.
- Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
- Give us this day our daily bread,
- And forgive us our debts,
- As we also have forgiven our debtors.
- And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
- For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.
FATHER WHO ART IN HEAVEN
Jesus, I pause now to ponder the miracle that, in Your name, I can approach the eternal, infinite God
of the universe as “Abba (Daddy), Father.” I am in awe, Jesus, that You would give to me Your priceless
relationship with the Father.
Thank you for adopting me, Lord, for giving me a new core identity as “Abba’s child.” Your love is beyond human comprehension.
Make right all my false ideas of You, so that now, I fall freely into Your arms. I receive Your infinite love that spurs You to run to me, throw Your arms around me and kiss me (Lk. 15:20-21). Help me to not fear and to let go of my anxieties and simply be at home with You, Abba.
HALLOWED BE THY NAME
The greatest need of the world is for people to know You, God, as You really are- that Your Name be
central, not mine. Father, reveal Your glory as Abba, that You are close to every human being and truly worthy of our trust. Do this first in me and then in those around me. Jesus, You came to reveal God’s name as “Abba”, cutting through our many
wrong perceptions of God. May God’s real identity be known. May the whole world (my family, workplace, church, city, nation, world) have an experience of Your infinite love and generosity as Abba! And may Your love enable us to trust You—for the
good as well as the bad, the successes as well as the failures, the joys and the sorrows. I surrender to You my fears, and I listen to Your voice that whispers to me: “All is well, and all will be well.” May all the world do the same.
THY KINGDOM COME
Lord, may Your kingdom come, not mine, nor anyone else’s. And may it come first in me and then to those around me. I open up every area of my life to Your rule and activity. Father, help me see the mustard seeds of Your kingdom all around me. Teach me to wait patiently for You.
Help me, and those around me, not to be discouraged by small beginnings or disheartened because Your work seems hidden. Give me eyes to see. May Your kingdom come and radically uproot evil- first in me and then in my family, neighbors, church, workplace, city, the governing officials of our country, and in the world.
THY WILL BE DONE (ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN)
Lord, may Your will be done, not mine. And may Your will come first in me and then to
those around me. You know how easy it is for me to live and forget about Your will or desires.
Help me, Lord, not to run away from Your will like Jonah. Grant me courage to faithfully surrender
to You. Help me listen to You. As Thomas Merton prayed: My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going, I do not see
the road ahead of me, I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following Your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please You does in
fact please You. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.
And I know that if I do this, You will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it.
Therefore I trust You always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for You are ever with me, and You will never leave me to face my perils alone.
GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD
Abba, Father, I ask for what I need physically to remain alive today. I recognize it is all a gift from Your
hand. I also ask You for the spiritual bread I need to do Your will today. I am absolutely dependent on
You. You abundantly pour out Your gifts to me, yet it is easy to take them for granted.
Take a few moments and step back to truly remember where your daily bread comes from—the very hand of God.
Pray the following:
O God, thank you for the earth, the sky and the hard work of many people that enables me to enjoy the gift of this bread (food).
FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES (DEBTS)
Lord, I have not loved You with my whole heart, mind, soul and strength. Erase every failure of duty I owe to You and others. I agree with Origen when he wrote: “Suffice it is to say that is impossible while in this life to be without debt at any hour of night or day.” Wipe the slate of my sins clean today.
Help me not be like the Pharisee in Lk. 18 who was confident in his own righteousness and looked down on
everybody else. Rather, like the tax collector, I too humbly pray, “God, have mercy on me, a sinner.”
One of the great gifts from the Eastern Church to help us pray is called the Jesus prayer. Take a few moments and,
slowly and reflectively, one word at a time, pray back to
God: Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.
AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO TRESPASS (HAVE DEBTS) AGAINST US
Abba, Father, You have forgiven me of my debts of sin to You that are enormous. You have done so completely and
totally – wiping the slate clean. Nonetheless, I struggle to forgive others. I am like the servant in Jesus’ parable who,
after having been forgiven of His enormous debt, grabs and begins to choke a fellow servant who owes him a very
tiny debt (Matt. 18:28). Lord, grant me a more profound, life-changing experience of Your mercy. Teach me to
grieve my losses where needed. Break the deeply entrenched chains of sin inside me that want to get even.
Grant me discernment on any next steps You have for
- But most importantly, do a miracle within me by the Holy Spirit, so I might be able to extend mercy and
bless_________ (fill in names).
AND LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION
Father, You know I can’t stand up under much pressure. I agree with your vote of “no confidence” in my
ability. I am no match against the evil one without You. Lord, I desperately need You! Strengthen me
with your power and grace. I realize that You are bringing events and experiences into my life in order
to shape and develop my faith in You, and that it often revolves around forgiving others! Yet the evil one
seeks to cut me off in my relationship with You.
BUT DELIVER US FROM EVIL (“THE EVIL ONE”)
Lord, You are right in that I do have a powerful demonic enemy seeking to lure me into a pit and dominate me. Snatch me from the evil one! Rescue me (us) from Satan’s desire to destroy my (our) faith. Help me discern the temptations of Satan coming at me. Teach me to wait on You when tempted in the wilderness, like Jesus.
I place my confidence in You, Father, to care for me today. What You say is true: The One who is in me is greater than the one who is in the world (1 Jn. 4:4). So I affirm with King David :“I will not fear the tens of thousands drawn up against me on every side” (Ps. 4:4). You are good and Your love endures forever.