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I cannot say our if 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 on 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 give up my own sovereignty and accept the righteous reign of God.
I cannot say thy will be done if I am unwilling or resentful of having it in my life.
I cannot say in 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 by ignoring the genuine needs of my fellowmen.
I cannot say forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us if I continue to harbor a grudge against anyone.
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 power if I fear what my neighbors may say or do.
I cannot say thine is the glory if I am seeking my own glory first.
I cannot say forever if I am too anxious about each day’s affairs.
I cannot say amen unless I honestly say, “Cost what it may, this is my prayer.
- Jesus taught us to praise God first, for who He is and how He has called us to be His children.
- He taught us to not only ask God for our needs each day but to thank him for everything we receive from Him.
- He also taught us to confess our sins and to forgive others as God has forgiven us.
- He taught us to petition God for protection, for the needs of others and for our friends and family that may not yet know Jesus as Lord and Savior.
We invite you to commit to a rhythm of spiritual disciplines:
Daily – We live with a rhythm of daily disciplines:
- Simplicity – through simple, eco-friendly living and generous giving
- Community – through sharing meals, sharing possessions and sharing life
- Prayer and Scripture – through daily prayer and meditation on Scripture; praying for each other and gathering together for worship
Weekly – Gather with others to learn, love and be in fellowship, communion, and accountability (weekly common “table”).
Seasonally – Meet with others in times of festival, celebration and meditation, marking “holy-day” and the rhythms of the creation.
Lifelong – Study and learn together what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ, God made flesh, in a continual cycle of mystery and discovery.
Through these practices may we deepen our connection to one another, to God and to the world we serve.