In the church where I’m pastor, the house for all sinners and saints in Denver, Colorado, I’m often asked how to pray. So here’s the Lord ’s Prayer for all sinners and saints.
Our Father who art in heaven….. Our Father who art in everything…who art in orphanages and neonatal units, jail cells and luxury high-rises.
Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, We beg you to bring more than just a small measure of heaven to earth because this place is a mess. Lord, your people are killing each other and the vulnerable are even more vulnerable and the wealthy are even more wealthy and it’s hard to see a way out, Lord. So, we need your Kingdom to speed up.
Give us this day our daily bread. Give us this day our daily touch, our daily laughter, our daily kindness our daily humility, our daily freedom.
Give your children their daily bread, their daily naan, their daily tortillas, their daily rice,
Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins. As we forgive those who sin against us.
Forgive us when we hate what you love.
Forgive us for the pride we exhibit in our political life together
Forgive us for how much we resent in others the same things we hate in ourselves
And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.
Deliver us from the inclination that we too do not have evil in our hearts. Deliver us from addiction and depression. Deliver us from complacency. Deliver us from Complicity.
As Jesus taught us, we are throwing this bag of prayers at your door.
Use these prayers to hammer us all into vessels that can accept the answer when it comes.
For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever.