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The Lord’s Prayer, Take Two

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. (Deuteronomy 6:5, Mark 12:30)

As Christians, Jews and Muslims approach this season, we all need to get back to our Spiritual roots of peace and faith, and look to our common ancestor, Abraham.

All three religions have a common creed: to love the Lord our God with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our mind and with all our strength; to obey Him in all we think, in all we say and all we do; and to honor and love Him first in all things.

Abraham was chosen by God because he was a fallible, but faithful, human who was obedient to God. He made mistakes, but he was repentant and sought God’s forgiveness. He loved God, and obeyed God’s commands even when he didn’t know what the future would bring.

I tend to reassess things every year around my birthday. This is the week I turn 63. In this season of All Saints Day (which we forget is November 1st), Thanksgiving and Christmas (Chanukah and Ramadan for Jews and Muslims), what will we celebrate?

As a Christian, I look to biblical writers to help guide me. I look to the words of Jesus to measure my spiritual growth. I spend time with my Heavenly Father to make sure I practice daily my own discipleship. I thank God for the freedom He gave me that was so costly to Him.

The apostle Paul, who was a former Jewish teacher of Mosaic law, tells us that we ought to be living sacrifices to God because He has overfilled our hearts with such grace and mercy.

In simple terms, it’s called pay it forward. This season, as Christians, Jews and Muslims, if we can show just a small percent – a tithe, if you will – of God’s grace, mercy, love and forgiveness to others, we might just make a huge difference to one person.

Dear Father in Heaven, Lord and Creator of us all,

Let Your name be spoken with honor and respect,

Not with derision and cursing.

Even those who doubt Your existence,

Let them treat with dignity

Those who cherish You, praise You,

And know that You are worthy of worship.

 

Lord, Adonai, Allah, Jehovah, YHWH, The Great I AM, Jesus,

Let Your will be done, let hearts be opened, let seeds be planted,

Open ears to hear and eyes to see, that those who don’t know You,

Might know You and receive Your blessings, Your grace and mercy,

Your peace beyond all understanding.

Let us unite together for Your Name’s sake

In love for You and each other.

 

As we read Your living word,

Let us be lifted by it,

Renewed by it,

And let us be filled with the knowledge

That You are our

Daily bread and our

Living Water.

 

We acknowledge we are fallible human beings.

While we seek perfection,

We know attaining it is impossible,

Yet we strive to walk with You,

And ask forgiveness when we forget

Or walk away.

We plead for the courage to forgive others easily, willingly.

 

Please protect us from the temptations

We foolishly place in front of ourselves;

Remind us You have provided us with an exit door clearly marked.

Please protect us from enemies seen and unseen,

Anything or anyone that would dissuade us

From Your chosen path for us.

Lord, You are faithful, You are loving; You are with me always and will never leave me. I know this without hesitation, no matter the circumstances. Thank You for being my Father and my Savior.

Your loving daughter,

Susan

27 comments

  1. The True Light! · ·

    Thank you for this prayer/poem and the lesson in how to humbly approach God with love and grace, for this is how He hears us!

    Steve

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  2. Beautiful and lovely prayer Susan. 🙂 It’s good I stopped by. Better late than never. Please accept my belated greeting…Happy Birthday! I hope it was a day filled with much joy and peace in the Father. 🙂

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  3. Joy and gratitude. Paul is always inspiring. Thank you for this reminder.

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  4. Lovely post! Happy Birthday 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Lyli!

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  5. This is beautiful, Susan…I like your open embrace of all religions. It’s very comforting and accepting. Normally, Christians aren’t so open-minded, and I say that as a Christian woman married to someone of a different faith. Thank you for being so soulful.

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    1. Thank you, Kim. As you’ve said before, we have a connection on several levels. So glad to have you following. We’re not all fundamentalist! My faith is more about following the heart of Jesus than following laws and dogma. You cast his light in so many directions, and that’s what it’s really about. Have a peaceful weekend, my friend.

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      1. [Warm Fuzzies] 🙂

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  6. It is our call –
    “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. Matthew 10:16
    To bring to the world that which we have been given…though not of this world yet in this world – we must walk with the broken and reach out our hands to them…as our Father did for us.
    We can not be a light in the dark – if we never go out at into the darkness…with courage and Faith that it can not snuff out the eternal light that has fallen within us 🙂
    Beautiful write Susan.

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    1. “You are a lamp unto my feet, a light unto my path.” Psalm 119:105. And a beautiful response. Thank you as always.

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  7. Mich-in-French · ·

    Beautifully written and heartfully versed – Father is surely using you to keep us all focused on His embrace. Happy birthday – may every moment of this new year in your life be full of incredible revelation.

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    1. Thank you and bless you for your prayers and thoughtful heart, Mich. I’m looking forward to this new year that I know will be filled with God’s fulfilled promises and blessings.

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  8. What a beautiful way of putting it – showing a ‘tithe’ of God’s mercy, love, grace and forgiveness to others. Wouldn’t it be a wonderful way to live as we remember to do this every single day? Susan, I pray your heartfelt prayer with you and thank you for sharing your beautiful heart with us in your posts.
    I also wish you a wonderful birthday this week my friend, may it be filled with love, joy and laughter, Amen 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Sherri. I appreciate your wishes and prayers.

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  9. Hi Susan thank you for the inspiration and the great blog, I have nominated you fro the Dragon’s Loyalty Award, lotsa luv…Cheers 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much!

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  10. Noelle Davis · ·

    Love this, friend!!! Xoxo

    Sent from my iPhone

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  11. Lovely prayer, Susan. I also wish you a Happy Birthday. It is always good to remember that we are never forgotten by our Lord. He is with us in every circumstance until the end into forever.

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    1. Thank you. He is with us, and I feel him more and more with each passing year. My dependence on him grows, and he becomes more lovely to be around.

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  12. AMEN!

    Wishing you a very Happy Birthday Susan. Our Father has blessed you, he has uplifted you above all trials and his love and grace will continue to overwhelm all else in your life, now and always;in the loving name of our Lord Jesus Christ,Amen!

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    1. Dotta, thank you and bless you. We must connect more now that Project O has ended. I miss your frequent, positive words in this environment. Thank you for your prayers.

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  13. What a beautiful prayer from a beautiful heart. Happy birthday my friend – you are a Princess!

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    1. Thank you, Diana. As always, uplifting. 🙂

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  14. Amen 🙂 happy birthday as well. May the Lord bless you with many more friend 🙂

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      1. You’re welcome! 🙂

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