A Prayer for Ash Wednesday

A Prayer for Ash Wednesday

O Lord, who hast mercy upon all, take away from me my sins, and mercifully kindle in me the fire of thy Holy Spirit. Take away from me the heart of stone, and give me a heart of flesh, a heart to love and adore Thee, a heart to delight in Thee, to follow and enjoy Thee, for Christ’s sake, Amen St. Ambrose of Milan (AD...
The Kingdom Message of the Lord/Disciples’ Prayer – Part 3

The Kingdom Message of the Lord/Disciples’ Prayer – Part 3

We are continuing our section by section look at the “Lord/Disciples’ Prayer” through the lens of Kingdom Theology. If you are just now joining us, you can find the intro and first section here and the second section here. Our father in heaven, May your name be honored, May your kingdom come, May your will be done As in heaven, so on earth. Give us today the bread we need now; And forgive us the things we own, As we too have forgiven what was owned to us. Don’t bring us into the great trial, But rescue us from evil. -Matthew 6:9-13, The Kingdom New Testament Now on to the last section of the prayer: “And forgive us the things we own, As we too have forgiven what was owned to us” The context of this prayer makes it clear that the phrase “things we own” is a veiled reference to sin. Right after this prayer, St. Matthew writes a little blurb about the forgiveness of sin in our lives. St. Luke goes further and includes the term sin in his version of the prayer, “forgive us our sins.” Knowing that Jesus was talking about sin and not owning people money or other such items is very important in understanding this prayer. Under the Temple system, if you messed up and did something cruel or mean towards a follow human, you were supposed to do two things. First you go to the Temple and offer a sin sacrifice so that God the Father would forgive you and cleanses you from your sin. The priest would then tell you what would...
The Kingdom Message of the Lord/Disciples’ Prayer – Part 2

The Kingdom Message of the Lord/Disciples’ Prayer – Part 2

We are continuing our section by section look at the “Lord/Disciples’ Prayer” through the lens of Kingdom Theology. If you are just now joining us, you can find the intro and first section here. Our father in heaven, May your name be honored, May your kingdom come, May your will be done As in heaven, so on earth. Give us today the bread we need now; And forgive us the things we own, As we too have forgiven what was owned to us. Don’t bring us into the great trial, But rescue us from evil. -Matthew 6:9-13, The Kingdom New Testament Now on to the next two sections in the prayer: “May your kingdom come, May your will be done, As in heaven, so on earth.” This is probably the most obvious end-time portion of the prayer as Jesus is telling his disciples to actively ask for the rule and reign of God to come down from heaven and invade earth. It is well to note that the rule and reign of God includes all areas of life – not just one’s spiritual life or well being. As such in praying this prayer, we are inviting God to enter into every area of our lives. This is not a prayer that we should be saying flippantly! This is an end-time, world changing; hold the boat, the world is going to collapse prayer that should give us chills every time we say it! “Give us today the bread we need now” While the previous line was the most obvious, this line is most likely the most cryptic in the prayer....
The Kingdom Message of the Lord/Disciples’ Prayer

The Kingdom Message of the Lord/Disciples’ Prayer

St. Luke tells us that the disciples of Jesus came to him one day and asked him to teach them how to pray. They had seen the intimate relationship Jesus had with God the Father and they wanted to learn how to pray like he did. The resulting prayer is normally called the “Lord’s Prayer” as he is the one who choose the words of the prayer; however, I tend to think of it as the “Disciples’ Prayer” as it was given to them to pray. Now most of us don’t think about the “Lord/Disciples’ Prayer” as something to help us through the in-between times of the Kingdom. For most of us, it is just a nice poetic prayer that we hang on our walls or just recite in a flippant manner when someone asks us to pray.  A look through history tells a different story as this prayer was the marker for those who truly gave their lives to follow Jesus. Even when everything else changed – cultures, tradition, Christian sub-group, etc. – the followers of Jesus have always kept this prayer close to their hearts, even when they really didn’t understand why they held on to it. When seen through the lens of Kingdom Theology, everything changes and the prayer takes on a whole new meaning. Our father in heaven, May your name be honored, May your kingdom come, May your will be done As in heaven, so on earth. Give us today the bread we need now; And forgive us the things we own, As we too have forgiven what was owned to us. Don’t bring...
Celtic Advent Prayer

Celtic Advent Prayer

God of the watching ones, give us Your benediction. God of the waiting ones, give us your good word for our souls God of the watching ones the slow and the suffering ones, give us Your benediction, Your good word for our souls that we might rest. God of the watching ones, the waiting ones, the slow and the suffering ones, and the angels in heaven, and the child in the womb, give us your benediction, your good word for our souls, that we might rest and rise in the kindness of your...