Sacred Spaces 342 – As they sang those words…
24 July 2012
We all stood up
And they started to sing
They have sung those words many times
I remember those gatherings where I used to sing them too
After many years, I am back in a “familiar” setting singing those words
No doubt (you reading this), have sung those words too.
Regardless of where people stand in their belief of God, the words remain true
And they speak of our powerful God.
The words I speak of are:
THE LORDS PRAYER:
Our Father, which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy will be done in earth,
As it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive them that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
The power, and the glory,
For ever and ever.
Let’s be reminded of these words we pray that Jesus taught us to pray in Matthew 6:
Our Father who are in heaven, hallowed be your name
God is our Father; sometimes we forget to see Him as that.
He too deserves His named to be “hallowed” in others words: BLESSED!
How often do we truly “big up” God for who He is.
Pause and reflect (maybe that leads to worship) on who God is. How amazing is He?
The kingdom come,
What is church about? What is the Christian life about?
It’s about bringing and showing God’s kingdom here on earth
A kingdom is something that a King owns and is in charge.
God is the King of Kings.
And from all the negativity we have seen and witnessed of monarchs in the past or the present, God reigns very differently.
God is merciful. God is just
God’s kingdom sets people free.
Are we part of that kingdom living?
Give us this daily bread
Did we forget? (I forget sometimes)
That God DOES provide for us.
I believe everyone can say that.
Each day we are provided for.
(It does raise a question about beggars, etc.?)
Do you think God sees and provides for them? Maybe He is calling to do our little bit… each day… a simple meal, a simple jersey (jumper), a simple smile and greeting
Forgive us… as we forgive others
There is a scripture that says, “By our love they will know we are His disciples”
The essential message of Jesus is that He has come to forgive.
He has come as a ransom for many.
For all the junk we have done.
He wants to wipe our slate clean. He has if we confess our “junk” to Him.
Seriously, who are we fooling when we hide from Him?
And lead us not into temptation
The world is full of temptation.
Each day, we need to pray for renewed minds
Each day we need to pray for pure hearts
That way of living is NOT idealistic. It is possible.
But deliver us from evil
Take a look around. You will see evil
Maybe you have even experienced evil.
God wins by the way.
Evil will not have the last say.
Pray for deliverance from it, each day.
For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory…
This life is about Him
It always has been
Our selfishness gets in the way, and we think it’s about us.
Let His power and glory shine on.
And guess what, it can even shine through your life, if you are willing?
These words we casually
Throw up to you
Not realising the weight of them
May You show us
The power behind them
Show us Your power
Your kingdom come
Your will be done
Help us to act
For Your love