…and forgive us our (debts, trespasses, etc)

How odd it is that there should be a choice, as it were, to either “debt” or “trespass.” It appears from several sources that the notion of debt is what the speaker of these words was actually addressing that day. It appears that instead of teaching on the things believers should not do, he was reminding them about what they should do. So to the extent that they were not doing the good things in life, they were not giving to the creator what was owed. This was the debt: to do good as an offering of thanksgiving. For committing this sin of omission, we ask forgiveness.

The other interpretation is equally valid. Trespassing has a similar meaning as sin. The idea is that of missing the mark; an easy to understand term from archery, sailing, or navigation in general. To trespass is to get off your path onto something else. In this case “forgive” is better followed by “restore.” “Restore us to the true path as we help restore others to it,” or “Forgive our missing the mark, now restore our aim!”

What is that true path? That path of experiencing providence, abundance, love, supply, restoration. Yes, we all crave the forgiveness for disobedience, but having gained that, we need daily restoration to a right mind and right way of thinking and feeling.

An easy to use  e-workbook is available to craft your own prayer based on the model prayer. See it at : www.therealprayer.org

Published in: on May 15, 2009 at 7:35 am  Comments Off on …and forgive us our (debts, trespasses, etc)  
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Give us this day our daily bread…

Being raised in a time of need, I used to think that if God gave me something, he had taken it from someone else. Since resources were limited, we all couldn’t have all we needed. Later I realized how that one small item limited my faith. My subconscious was operating on a principle of insufficiency. God, however, operates on the principle of abundance. There is always more than enough.

For many, our daily bread is a half hearted plea for “just enough” and no more, lest we feel guilty for our abundance. I frequently hear people say “Well, I wasn’t in the obituaries today, I guess that’s a blessing!” But is that your only blessing? Again and again we are instructed “Ask.” “Ask that your joy may be full.” “Ask, and it shall be given.” That sound like abundance to me, not just “getting by”.

For others, their daily bread is complaining and resentment. Daily bread for these people is the attention they attract to themselves by always seeing what’s wrong with everything and complaining to everyone they see. They believe that if everything was right in their world, no one would pay attention to them at all.

But for a few, daily bread is a simple way of life which expects and receives the good in life. Some view this attitude as child-like, even simplistic, but for those for whom daily bread is joy, optimism, and expectancy, good things happen. They attract the good. They move around in abundance. They know happiness.

Today, before you ask to receive your daily bread, take a moment to see what it really is for you. Then you can decide if you want more, or if you need to change recipes.

For more on a study of the Lord’s Prayer, go see www.therealprayer.com .

Published in: on May 12, 2009 at 7:32 am  Comments Off on Give us this day our daily bread…  
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As it is in Heaven.

As I have written before, my first sight of the Earth from space made me begin to wonder about heaven from an early age. Since it could not be seen from space hovering above the Earth I couldn’t imagine where it could be. “By this time,” I reasoned, “it must be pretty full, not to mention all the angels and such.” Why could I not see it?

Since those days, Heaven with an upper case H has been rightly translated as the heavens and implies more than a huge mansion with an imposing figure sitting on a throne. While I still believe in the Creator which we pretty much universally refer to as “God,” I have discovered that my child-like Sunday School image is primarily the greatest hindrance to my faith.

We seem to be both physical and spiritual, and it is from the spiritual side of ourselves that we can get to know this creator who inhabits the heavens. In this place the creator’s will is what existence is all about, and those thoughts and words are reality. When we pray the Lord’s Prayer, we are seeking an experience where that spiritual reality in the heavens becomes our reality on earth(see previous blog entry.)

Seeing the creator’s spiritual will unfold in our physical lives here and now is the ultimate experience for us. That alone is worth seeking daily in prayer.

An e-workbook for the Lord’s Prayer is available from: www.therealprayer.com

Published in: on May 6, 2009 at 7:53 am  Comments Off on As it is in Heaven.  
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On Earth

When we ask for the Creator’s will to be done, we mean here and now, in our experience, not in some allegorical, theoretical sense. If we ask for something in a prayer, how do we know when it’s been answered? It happens! Many people in traditional religious circles recite the mantra: “God answers in three ways– Yes; No; or Wait.” Well I maintain that “No” is not an answer.

If Jesus’ words are to be believed when he said “I came that they (we) might have life, and have it more abundantly,” we must expect real things to happen. A simplistic “Well my name wasn’t in the obituaries today, I guess that’s a blessing,” is not anything out of the ordinary. But we must realize that that which we call a miracle should be ordinary as well!

If “Thy will” is that I should have a more abundant life, and my life is far from abundant, something is wrong. We have the Creator’s word on it that abundance is the thing willed. Not pie-in-the-sky-in-the-sweet-by-and-by, but life–here–now–On Earth.

Check out an easy to use e-workbook on the Lord’s Prayer. It’s at www.therealprayer.com

Published in: on May 1, 2009 at 7:18 am  Comments Off on On Earth  
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