Today’s most desperately-needed prayer (for us and our world)

The Lord’s Prayer (expanded)*

Our Father, Holy Father, Abba Father, in the heavens, hallowed, holy, sacred be your  name.

From the rising of the sun, to the going down of the same, the name of the Lord is to be praised.

Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised. Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God of hosts, the whole earth is full of your glory. Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God almighty, who was and is and is to come.

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Thy government come, thy politics be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Thy reign and rule come, thy plans and purposes be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

May we be an anticipation of the age to come. May we embody the reign of Christ here and now.

Give us day by day our daily bread. Provide for the poor among us. As we seek first your kingdom and your justice, may all we need be provided for us.

Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.

Transform us by the Holy Spirit into a forgiving community of forgiven sinners.

Lead us not into trouble, trial, tribulation or temptation.

Be mindful of our frame, we are but dust. We can only take so much.

Lead us out of the wilderness into the promised land that flows with milk and honey; lead us out of the badlands into resurrection country.

Delivers us from evil and the evil one. Save us from Satan, the accuser and adversary. So that no weapon formed against us shall prosper. So that every tongue that rises against us in accusation you will condemn. So that every fiery dart of the wicked one is extinguished by the shield of faith. So that as we submit to you and resist the devil, the devil flees. So that as we draw near to Jesus Christ lifted up, His cross becomes for us the axis of love expressed in forgiveness, that refounds the world. And the devil, who became the false ruler of the fallen world, is driven out from among us.

For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.

 

*Prayer taken from Water to Wine: Some of My Story by Brian Zahnd, published in 2016 by Spello Press

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5 thoughts on “Today’s most desperately-needed prayer (for us and our world)

  1. Pastor Chris, I have been listening to the summer series messages on wisdom that I missed and wanted to thank you. Your enthusiasm and love for teaching the Bible is such a blessing. I appreciate them so very much. And it was so good to be back this last week. Robin Moore

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