Monday, July 13, 2015

Our Prayer

 by Jim Rapp

Our Father in heaven –

beyond all time
beyond all space
beyond corruption
beyond comprehension 

hollowed –

in our thoughts,
in our speech,
in our deeds,
in our nation,
in our world – 

be your name –

I am that I am

Your kingdom come –

Your Kingdom,
not the kingdom of our dreams
but the kingdom of your intent;
not a kingdom of brick and steel
but a kingdom in our hearts;
a kingdom hidden in a kingdom,
in the world but not of the world 

Your will be done, as in heaven where there is

no warfare,
no avarice,
no crime,
no violence,
no bloodshed,
no obscenity
no ostentation
no surfeiting
no poverty,
no sickness,
no favorites,
no losers
no dying –

so on earth. 

Give us this day our daily bread –

food for our needs,
no more,
(lest we cease to trust)
no less,
(lest we cease to ask) 

Forgive us our debts –

too numerous to recall
too onerous to name
too heavy to bear
too costly to pay 

As we forgive our debtors –

freely – without reservation
fully – without expectation
forgettingly – without recollection 

Lead us not into temptation –

guide us to a safe place
away from impure thoughts,
ill-considered speech,
meaningless activity,
hurtful deeds 

Deliver us from evil –

Satan’s whispered promptings
the world’s alluring lights
our fleshly desires
to please
to be pleased
to possess
our fleshly fears
of rejection
of failure
of sickness
of death

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