I don’t know about you, but when my mind is racing, when I’m not feeling well physically, or when I’m just plain tired, getting still and quiet with God is really hard to do. Do you have a fall back prayer? One that you can use when you have nothing left in the tank? When you just don’t even know what to pray about, or when you desperately need to get back to base camp and into God’s presence?
How about the Lord’s Prayer from Matthew 6:9-13?
Yeah, Yeah, if you are anything like me you may have already prayed this a thousand times at church over the years. But the truth is, when Jesus was asked how we should pray, he gave us this “go-to” prayer and invited us to use it over and over again.
Here’s the catch. He never wanted us to just go through the motions. He never wanted us to repeat a prayer just for the sake of repeating a prayer, in the hopes that we might earn a few bonus points in heaven. He wants us to pray so that we can be in relationship with Him, starting with just being in His presence.
So how about reading the Lord’s Prayer and putting some honest thought into what it actually means? Below is an amplified version that can help you do that.
When all else fails, find that “go-to” prayer that you can count on time and time again, and there is no limit to how many times you are allowed to repeat it.
Maybe this is the one!
The Lord’s Prayer Amplified
by Dave Halsey
9 “This, then, is how you should pray:
‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.’”
“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,”
My Lord, My King, My Dad, who is waiting for me in my true home that you prepared in heaven. Your name is above all names!
“your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
I trust you to do your will on earth and what you think is best for me. I will love and obey you with the hope that people might see you through me, and so the kingdom can be experienced on earth.
“Give us today our daily bread.”
You abundantly provide for me the things that I need, and I am so thankful to you for that. Whatever it is that I need from you right now, I trust you will provide it.
“And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.”
Thank you for forgiving me. Because you forgave me, it is only right for me to be forgiving and merciful to others. Please give me the courage to do that.
“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”
Protect me from the enemy, provide me with your armor, and lead me down your path of righteousness.
For the Kingdom is here, the Power is your Word and the Holy Spirit, and the Glory is all yours, forever and ever.