“Here’s some homework: Reflect and pray on these verses, asking Him to reveal them in their fullness to you.”
Teach us to pray – The Life Project: Don Merritt
I remember with my Mum and Dad – they always were. They always had been, they always were just “Mum and Dad”. I was always loved – maybe not always in the way I wanted – but I was always loved. They had created me. They had grown me from a couple of cells. They had fed me, watered, cared, clothed, taught – but always love. Was my Dad better than my Mum? No. They were different but the same. They just “were”.
hallowed be your name,
This name is not just any old name. This name is the name of all that is – who I am, who I was, where I came from, where I was birthed – who I am.
your kingdom come.
That promise. That sacred promise. A promise fulfilled then and now. And – even better – in my lifetime fulfilled in every second – every breath – every heartbeat – every moment of my living!
Give us each day our daily bread.
What are my needs? My needs are simple. My “need” is life itself. And that requires my body to function – to house my living – my soul. In even this detail He cares for me.
Forgive us our sins,
Am I a “sinner”? NO! I am His creation. I am perfect. Yet imperfect. Always free to come thither and thither. To speak this or that. To think this or that. To be this or that. I will hurt myself, I will hurt others – can I hurt Him? No. I think not. So maybe this forgiveness is only for me – so that I know I am loved (even when I think I should not be loved). Am I “sinner” – no I am not.
for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.
A beautiful reminder: what is good for the goose is good for the gander! This “being loved” even when I think I am not – THAT is for all – for each – for you (as well as me). Am I to only “take” – am I to be more loved than you? No I am not. So how can I not love you as I am loved – even when we think we are not? I cannot. I must not.
And lead us not into temptation.’”
Emphatically we have the choice to love and be loved, as well as the choice to be loved and NOT to love. This is not “what about me” – this is “what about you” – this is “love your neighbour as yourself”. This is Love always is – not just when it suits – nor just when it is easy – not about when there is return on my loving “investment”. It is about the choice I make that will be imperfect. It is about companionship. It is about indwelling. It is about “your kingdom come” right now, right here, right inside every cell of my body and soul. It is about this second and the next. It is about “real”. And it is not about theory. Not about “religion”. This is about living right now.
Now I never knew all that dwelt within! BIG thanks, Don!
How about you?