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I cannot say (the Lord's prayer)

I cannot say "Our", if my religion has no room for others and their needs.

I cannot say "Father", if I do not demonstrate this divine relationship in my daily life.

I cannot say "Who art in heaven", if all my interests and pursuits are on earthly things.

I cannot say "Hallowed be thy name", if I, who am called by His name, am not holy.

I cannot say "Thy kingdom come", if I am unwilling to let go of my own will and accept the righteous rule of God.

I cannot say "Thy will be done", if I am unwilling or resentful of having that will done in my life.

I cannot say "On earth as it is in heaven", unless I am truly ready to give myself to His service here and now.

I cannot say "Give us this day our daily bread", without expending honest effort for it or by ignoring the genuine needs of my fellowmen.

I cannot say "Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us", if I continue to harbor a grudge against anyone.

I cannot say "Lead us not into temptation", if I deliberately choose to remain in a situation where I am likely to be tempted.

I cannot say "Deliver us from evil", if I am not prepared to fight an uncompromising spiritual warfare against evil.

I cannot say "Thine is the kingdom", if I do not give the King the disciplined obedience of a loyal subject.

I cannot say "Thine is the power", if I fear what my neighbors and friends may say about me or do to me.

I cannot say "Thine is the glory", if I am seeking my own glory first.

I cannot say "Forever", if I am too anxious about each day's affairs.

I cannot say "Amen", unless I can honestly say, "No matter the cost to me, this is my prayer."

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