Wednesday, March 2, 2011

This was from last Thursday but I saved it in my inbox to revisit. Thought I'd share:

Today's Verse - Matthew 6:9-13 from the New Living Translation

"'Pray like this:
Our Father in heaven,
may your name be kept holy.
May your Kingdom come soon.
May your will be done on earth,
as it is in heaven.
Give us today the food we need,
and forgive us our sins,
as we have forgiven those who sin against us.
And don't let us yield to temptation,
but rescue us from the evil one.'"

encouragement for today

This prayer can become the pattern for all prayer. First, the focus is on God—who he is (our Father), where he is (in heaven, the perfect place). It's about his kingdom and his will, to be done on earth as it is in the perfect place. Once we have the proper focus, then we ask for material needs (which are legitimate), and also our spiritual needs (just as important). Our main spiritual needs are forgiveness and deliverance from temptation and evil. The template: God's agenda, our needs (physical and spiritual), and relationships with God and others.

—Diane Eble, author of Abundant Gifts: A Daybook of Grace-Filled Devotions

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