I cannot say OUR - if my religion has no room
for others and their needs.
I cannot say FATHER - if I do
not demonstrate this
relationship in my daily living.
I cannot say WHO ART IN HEAVEN -
if all my interests and
pursuits are In earthly things.
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 unwilling to surrender
my own sovereignty, and accept the righteous reign of God.
I cannot say THY WILL BE DONE -
if I am resentful of
God's will in my own daily life.
I cannot say ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN - unless I am truly
ready to give myself to His service, here and now.
I cannot say GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD, - without expending
honest effort for it, or if I ignore the genuine needs of my neighbour.
I cannot say FORGIVE US OUR SINS AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO
SIN AGAINST US,- if I continue to hold a grudge against
anyone at all.
I cannot say LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION- if I deliberately choose
to remain in a situation where I am likely to be tempted.
I cannot say DELIVER US FROM EVIL
- If I am not prepared to fight in
the spiritual realm with the weapon of prayer.
I cannot say THINE IS THE KINGDOM
- If I do not give the King
the disciplined obedience of a loyal subject.
I cannot say THINE IS THE GLORY
- If I am seeking
my Personal glory first.
I cannot say FOREVER - If I am
about the affairs of today.
I cannot say AMEN - If I cannot
honestly say :-"This is my prayer,
- cost whatever it may!"