THE LORD’S PRAYER contains two sections that help you reflect on and pray for a greater knowledge of God. The first line of the prayer, “Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name,” reminds you that you should enter into the presence of God with great reverence for the Almighty and personal humility in that holy presence. Later in the prayer, the line “Give us this day our daily bread,” reminds you of your reliance on God’s goodness. This triggers a sentiment of gratitude and leads you back to the humility that comes from admitting your absolute dependence on God. Using the Lord’s Prayer or the prayer below, you can speak with God.
Holy God, you encompass more than my senses and mind can comprehend. I know that I do not know, and all my words are not enough. But I have faith in your commandment to love you with all my senses, with all my mind, and all my soul. I believe that I am created in your image, and this gives me hope that you are near. Open my spirit to your goodness and mercy. Amen.
– Christopher Maricle
“From pages 43-44 of Deeply Rooted: Knowing Self, Growing in God by Christopher Maricle. Copyright © 2016 by Christopher Maricle. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books.
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Pray the prayer at the end of today’s excerpt. Share your thoughts.
For dominion belongs to the LORD, and he rules over the nations.
Psalm 22:28, NRSV
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This week we remember: Anselm
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