Dwelling in the Lord's Prayer (An Invitation to Practice)

On the Second Sunday of Advent, we entered into a practice of Dwelling in the Lord's Prayer.

 

Consider taking space this week to step into this practice.

 

 

 

Jesus invites us to begin our prayer - OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN

 

Like a child approaches a good parent, we are invited to step into relationship with the God of the universe.

God looks at you and, before seeing anything else, sees a beloved child.

What if we looked at God and, before seeing anything else, saw a good and loving parent?

 

So let us pray - OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN.  (In silence, reflect and pray.)

 

Jesus invites us to pray - HALLOWED BE YOUR NAME

 

It seems silly that we need to be reminded so often, but we are not God.

And as near to us as God is, we do not fully understand God.

God’s name is good, and it is set apart. We can reach out, but never fully grasp.

 

So let us pray - HALLOWED BE YOUR NAME.  (In silence, reflect and pray.)

 

Jesus invites us to pray - YOUR KINGDOM COME, YOUR WILL BE DONE

 

We are all rulers of our own little kingdoms.

We fight, defend, and strive to protect our own realms and resources and riches.

And yet Jesus announces the arrival of God’s kingdom and invites all of us to participate in God’s good story.

 

So let us pray - YOUR KINGDOM COME, YOUR WILL BE DONE.  (In silence, reflect and pray.)

 

 Jesus invites us to pray - ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN

 

God’s story is not one of escape or exit but of return, rescue, and restoration.

God’s dream is that heaven and earth are woven together again.

May this become our dream as well.

 

So let us pray - ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN. (In silence, reflect and pray.)

 

Jesus invites us to pray - GIVE US TODAY OUR DAILY BREAD

 

There are things we want and there are things we need.

God cares about what we want, but we’re invited to ask daily for the sustenance we need.

So that we might know that every good gift comes from God

And so that we might offer the gifts that we have for the sake of the others who need them too.

 

So let us pray - GIVE US TODAY OUR DAILY BREAD (In silence, reflect and pray.)

 

Jesus invites us to pray - FORGIVE US AS WE FORGIVE OTHERS

 

When we’re hurt, we recoil and pull back from others in fear of being hurt again.

Yet Jesus shows us his wounded hands, and extends them to us.

Hurt people hurt people, and forgiving people forgive people.

 

So let us pray - FORGIVE US AS WE FORGIVE OTHERS (In silence, reflect and pray.)

 

Jesus invites us to pray - LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION

 

Each day we are confronted with stories and opportunities

Different paths to explore, each shaping us and forming us in slow and powerful ways

We are invited to look to Christ as our Light and the Spirit as our Guide

 

So let us pray - LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION (In silence, reflect and pray.)

 

 Jesus invites us to pray - DELIVER US FROM THE EVIL ONE

 

We sense it in our own story and we see it in the world’s story

The way things are is not the way things are supposed to be.

On our own and together, too often we find ourselves trapped and in need of rescue

 

So let us pray - DELIVER US FROM THE EVIL ONE (In silence, reflect and pray.)