I left my prayer notebook on a bench last week and it poured rain on it. Ink ran, pages blurred and the book began to peel. I was disappointed but it was time for a new one anyway. So now I’m redoing it. I have it divided into days of the week and each day has a theme. Every day I pray for myself, John, and each of our kids. I add other prayers as well. (See post on it HERE) Each day has a theme. Mondays I focus on our relationship with the Lord.
As I begin my Monday prayers I pray the Lord’s Prayer over us.
It is the best prayer by the best teacher. Jesus taught the disciples many things but the only thing we know that they asked him to teach them was how to pray. (Luke 11:1)
Beginning a new school year creates a natural opportunity to commit to new things in our faith journeys. Here is Jesus’s answer to the disciples’ request. I’ve added in italics my own additional thoughts. (The initials are my kids. I repeat each of our names in the portions of the prayer.) I encourage you to do this as well.
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Your kingdom come, your will be done (in me, JY, AG, WG, JY3, AY, CY, CBY, SA, SYA, LW, MW) on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us (names) this day our daily bread (a sense of your provision, your Holy Spirit, your joy, your presence, your protection, your intervention, your leading-today).
Forgive us (names). Convict us, make our hearts tender that we would repent, as we forgive those who have sinned against us. Help us to do this-to grant grace in our marriages and to others.
Lead us (names) not into temptation but deliver us from evil. Help us to recognize evil and run from it and to call on your power to defeat Satan.
And I end with these precious words that help me know where to focus:
For Thine is The KINGDOM
And The GLORY
FOREVER AND EVER! AMEN
As I pray this prayer, I picture Jesus at the right hand of God, praying for me and each member of my family. It’s an incredible thought to realize that is what He’s doing for each of us right now, at this very moment. (Romans 8:34, Hebrews 7:25)