This month’s Prayer diary is based on the Lord’s Prayer, and has been collated by our vicar Alastair Cutting.
Jesus’s disciples asked: “Lord, teach us to pray.”
His response was to teach them what we call ‘The Lord’s Prayer’.
Ever since, it has been used both as a prayer in itself,
and as a type-pattern for our other prayers.
There is an online version of all the prayers on Alastair’s own web site, but a few of the prayers are included below. Unless otherwise credited, the prayers are by Alastair Cutting.
A Prayer to God our Father
Lord God, Jesus taught us to call you Father. Help us to grow in our understanding of you, that we may better each day learn to trust you, and to love you.
Remind us of the thrill a toddler feels when being swept up securely in a father’s arms; help us share in the glee of a child playing pranks with a parent.
As we feel the lifting angst of the teenager taking insoluble homework problems to a parent who can unlock answers; and the adrenaline rush of the learner driver discovering new skills with dad, so may we feel our relationship with you broadening, enriching and deepening.
Father God, may your love for us be reflected back in our love for you. Amen.
Holy, Holy, Holy
Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus
Holy, Holy, Holy
You are bathed Lord God in awesome majesty,
in the white-heat of holiness.
The Father is Holy,
The Son is Holy,
The Spirit is Holy.
Lest we are consumed whole, burned by your presence, we shrink back.
Yet Lord you reach out to us – it is your finger that touches,
your hand that clasps us to your heart;
Expunging sin, drawing us in, making us completely, wholly holy.
Holy, Holy, Holy.
On earth, as it is in heaven?
Lord, will there be football in heaven? Yes?
Will there be chocolate, & dragonflies, & velvet?
But, what? No glorious sunsets?
Because your very presence negates the sun’s existence?
It will be better than sunsets?
What in heaven can be better than sunsets?
Wait and see?
These glimpses from earth aren’t the half of it? It gets better?
Better than the best things I love, and she loves, and he loves?
Even if we love different things? It can still work?
Are you sure? You ARE sure? Amen!
Lord, they were thirsty and starving.
– Your people; that you led out into the desert.
Yet, in a parched land, you gave them water springing from a rock,
and manna, bread, that tasted like wafers made with honey.
Father, you sustained them with food and water,
refreshing body, mind and spirit.
Where our lives and spirits are hard and dry,
drench with your Spirit, Lord.
And where our minds and souls are empty,
fill us with your Word until we are replete,
Through Jesus Christ our Lord,
How many times?
Forgive us, as we forgive them?
That sounds like unless I forgive them, then I cannot be forgiven?
That can’t be right, surely?
Well, some of their sins I can forgive them –
but you can’t expect me to forgive everything? On each occasion?
You’ll be asking me to forget them all too next, and leave it all behind!
Oh, you are.
Because, how can I expect to understand the depth of my forgiveness,
the fresh start, and clean break I would hope for,
unless I have first given it to others?
Lord, forgive my impatience, my grudge-bearing,
my inflexibility, and my duplicity.
Forgive my unforgiveness. And then forgive me. Amen.
Think of a number
Think of a number.
Double it. Treble it. Scribble it.
Multiply it by a million, a billion, a gazillion.
We’re still nowhere near ‘for ever’. Or ‘and ever’.
To infinity … and beyond! is still lightyears away
from the breadth of God’s kingdom,
the height of his power, and the rich depths of his glory!
Almighty and eternal God, for whom the span of history is but a day,
and a split second time-lapses in fractal detail over an age;
the planets and the stars move at your command,
yet the detail of our daily remains your concern.
May we truly make you God over our time, Lord. Amen
The Lord’s Prayer
Father, our Father in heaven,
help us to honour your name, keeping it holy.
Come, set up your kingdom,
so that all on earth will follow you,
as you are obeyed in heaven.
Keep us alive with the food we need.
Keep us forgiven with you; forgiving others.
Keep us safe from ourselves and from evil.
You rock! You reign! You’re in charge!
You can do anything you want.
You are ablaze in beauty.
Always, eternally & for ever.
Yes. So be it. Amen.
The Lord’s Prayer, adapted, AMC 2013
with some words sourced from the Contemporary English Version, the New Living Translation & The Message.