The Disciplines: The Model Prayer, Matt. 6:9-13

Written by admin on July 20th, 2007

I appreciate the way that Eugene Peterson in The Message gives us the model prayer

prayer at the table“Our Father in heaven,
Reveal who you are.
Set the world right;
Do what’s best
as above, so below.
Keep us alive with three square meals.
Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others.
Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil.
You’re in charge!
You can do anything you want!
You’re ablaze in beauty!
Yes, Yes, Yes.

I am reading this against the background of the Beatitudes.
Recall how the 5th thru 7th of them speak of the fact that as born again Christians we live out of the characteristics of mercy, a pure heart, and peacemaking in our relationships. I see these reflected in the model prayer.

Also present is an affirmation the greatness of God, our submission to and dependence upon Him, the realization that the Devil still works on us, and the awareness of the goodness of God. One finds also a desire to know God better and a hope for a better world to come.

I so wish that I could live everyday with these truths on my mind, in my heart, motivating my actions. Certainly, this is a matter for regular prayer.

 

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