"Our Father" - a meditation

I have no idea who wrote the following. Somebody handed it to me on a scrap of paper along with some other "inspirational" material. There's some excellent food for thought here...

. . . yet not I, but Christ liveth in me! . . . (Gal. 2:20)

"I CANNOT say 'our' if I live in a water-tight spiritual compartment.

"I cannot say 'Father' if I do not demonstrate the relationship in daily life.

"I cannot say 'which art in heaven' if I am so occupied with the earth that I am laying up no treasure there.

"I cannot say 'hallowed be thy name' if I, who am called by His name, am not holy.

"I cannot say 'thy kingdom come' if I am not doing all in my power to hasten its coming.

"I cannot say 'thy will be done' if I am questioning, resentful of, or disobedient to His will for me.

"I cannot say 'in earth, as it is in heaven' if I am not prepared to devote my life to His service.

"I cannot say 'give us this day our daily bread' if I am living on past experience or if I am an under-the-counter shopper.

"I cannot say 'forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us' if I harbor a grudge against anyone.

"I cannot say 'lead us not into temptation' if I deliberately place myself in a position to be tempted.

"I cannot say 'deliver us from evil' if I am not prepared to fight it in the spiritual realm with the weapon of prayer.

"I cannot say 'thine is the kingdom' if I do not accord the King the disciplined obedience of a loyal subject.

"I cannot say 'thine is the power' if I fear what men may do or what my neighbors may think.

"I cannot say 'for ever' if my horizon is bounded by the things of time." - The Christian Messenger.

AMEN !!!!!
Chuck Carey
April 2016

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