The Lord’s prayer


Our Father in heaven . . . Abba, Daddy. Your Name is so high and so holy but You’re closer than our pulsing hearts. May we uphold both Your holiness and Your closeness in our prayer. 

Messed up? Let’s just call it what it is: sin. We confess that we’re sinners in need of a Saviour.

We can’t wait for Your kingdom to come and make this broken world whole again. Even now we long for Your will to be done on earth as it is in heaven; for You to be in full control. But teach us that the path of Your conquering kingdom must first be found among our surrendered hearts.

We look to You for our physical needs—food, water, shelter, clothing. We only ask for today. Firstly, because we want to be obedient to the words of Your Son: “Do not worry about tomorrow . . . Each day has enough trouble of its own.” But also because we’re looking forward to connecting with You and depending on You tomorrow, and the next day. And the next.

Sadly, there’s another reason we’ll be seeking Your presence again tomorrow: we’ll mess up just like we messed up today. We hurt others, we hurt ourselves, we hurt You. Messed up? Let’s just call it what it is: sin. We confess that we’re sinners in need of a Saviour. We need Your forgiveness Father. We need a fresh start—a clean heart and a renewed spirit. A forgiving spirit too—how could we insult Your Holy Name by failing to channel Your never-ending forgiveness to our brother or sister whose fallenness should only serve to remind us of ourselves?

We need Your help to avoid temptation, dear Father—we’re so weak alone. Please send Your Holy Spirit to guide and encourage us. And if we can be a little bold, can we remind You of the promise that we’ll “not be tempted beyond what we can bear”? We know You need to test and strengthen us, but not too much, please!

Deliver us from evil—it seems strange to ask this when we have such a safe, suburban existence. But we’re praying not just for our immediate circle but also for our brothers and sisters around the world whose lives are right now at risk because of their faith in You. And maybe sometime today we too will need You to deliver us from evil in one of its more insidious forms—cancer, depression, a car accident, materialism, irritability, judgemental pride . . . So yes, we’re depending on Your saving power. 

It doesn’t look much like it sometimes but we’re holding on tight; believing that You are King over all. You’re in charge. You can do anything you want. You’re ablaze in beauty!  

We say yes.

Kent Kingston is assistant editor of Adventist Record.