A (Not So) Simple Prayer

Our Father in heaven,hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

In this season of Lent, I'm using the Lord's Prayer as a way to keep myself in a posture of prayer and reflection. To align my life with that of the Kingdom.

It starts with acknowledging God for who he is. It must start here. If I am to be aligned with God's purposes, I must seek his Kingdom and his will, rather than my initiatives and desires. This is tough.  Even in the "new iPad", consumerism-soaked, advertisement-riddled world that I live in, I must focus on daily bread, rather than things that moths ruin and theives steal. Oh boy... For this to work, I must seek forgiveness, and give it away freely. The posture gets more difficult to maintain. Finally, back to focus; keep me from the one who wants to lure me into snares and lull me into complacency.

Lord, give me strenth to submit and refocus my life around your purposes. Amen.

This is a part of a series of daily reflections on the season of Lent.