I Cannot Pray

Posted by Jerry White on Feb 22, 2016

“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 life.
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 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 ‘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 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 and friends 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 anxious about each day’s affairs.
I cannot say ‘Amen’ unless I honestly say, ‘cost what it may, this is my prayer'”.

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