Pray Then Like This
Matthew 6:9-15 (CSB) “Therefore, you should pray like this: Our Father in heaven, your name be honored as holy. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not bring us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.
“For if you forgive others their offenses, your heavenly Father will forgive you as well. But if you don’t forgive others, your Father will not forgive >your offenses.
Yours is The Kingdom, O Lord
1 Chronicles 29:10-18 (ESV) Therefore David blessed the Lord in the presence of all the assembly. And David said: Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of Israel our father, forever and ever. Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all. Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all. And now we thank you, our God, and praise your glorious name.
But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able thus to offer willingly? For all things come from you, and of your own have we given you. For we are strangers before you and sojourners, as all our fathers were. Our days on the earth are like a shadow, and there is no abiding. O Lord our God, all this abundance that we have provided for building you a house for your holy name comes from your hand and is all your own. I know, my God, that you test the heart and have pleasure in uprightness. In the uprightness of my heart I have freely offered all these things, and now I have seen your people, who are present here, offering freely and joyously to you. O Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, our fathers, keep forever such purposes and thoughts in the hearts of your people, and direct their hearts toward you.
I thank you for giving me strength. You are my Christ Jesus my Lord. You alone have judged me faithful. You alone have commissioned me to your service. I know that I have blaspheme your holy name, sought to beat down those who love you and and with every beat of my heart, every thought in my head and ounce of my strength, I violently opposed your love which is none sweet. But you are God--high and lifted up, exalted above every other name. You did not respond in kind but rather bathed my soul in tenderest mercies because I brutish and ignorant beast before you--I knew you but I sought to deny you because I did not want to obey you holy word. And yet, once more, your grace overwhelming overflowed for me with the faith and love that can only come from you, my Christ Jesus. If I had only one thing to say, I will say this within absolute truth: that you came into the my world to save me, the wickedest sinner of all. Here is why you gave me mercy: you would show the world over and over again that your everlasting mighty arm of salvation is never too short to quickly grab the most vile son of Adam from the clutches of death and despair. You were forever patient for me. And most assuredly, your sweet kindness has absolutely lead me to repentance. So what then can I say? So what then can I do? All I can do is simply thank you. So from the bottom of my heart, I thank you for giving me strength.Thank you my Father God. Thank you my Christ Jesus. Thank you my Holy Spirit. You judged me faithful. You appointed to Your service. Despite my dishonoring and blaspheming, Your holy name, despite my persecution and hatred those who love you, despite my perverted and violent opposition towards you, Still I only received mercy because I was lost I was lame I was deaf I was blind I was stupid I was ignorant I was evil I was dead and I was not looking and could not look for you whatsoever. But Your beautiful, sweet and tender love, mercy and grace overflowed for me overwhelmingly undeservedly ill-deservingly with your unbroken faithfulness and your relentless love that can only be by You, for You, through You, my Christ Jesus my Lord my Savior. These words out of my heart are true and with all of my hope and dreams and desires and wishes that these words would be sweet to your ears. I know that you came in this world to rescue your people to pull them out of despair to give your people life to save them from their sins to bring them to you evil sinners at war with you All of us And I lead this group. I am the foremost I am their chief I am their victor I am their champion of those who would face Your terrifying wrath! Yet, in this reason that Your grace abounds all the more that Your mercy renews every morning that Your love never ceases that You my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ might display Your perfection, beauty, tenderness, quickness, Your love, mercy, grace, patience for all of those who You call Yours and those would believe upon Your holy name for life forever. This is why I will sing to the God of the everlasting to the everlasting the Triune the Father the Son the Holy Spirit the immortal the invisible the Only One the Creator the Sustainer the Merciful the Peace the Grace the Faith the Messiah the Immanuel, God with Us the Blessed the Living Word the Christ the Son of God the Fellow Heir the Second Adam the Kinsman Redeemer the Beginning the Means the End the Majesty the Truth the Way the Life the Wisdom the Teacher the Rescuer the Promise the Calling the Fulfillment the Abundance the Host the Governor the High Priest the Prophet the Apostle the Sufferer the Messiah the Servant the Son of Man the Glorified the Power the Gospel the Guide the Elector the All-Sufficient the Lion of Judah the Worthy Lamb who was slain the King of all kings the Lord of all lords the Commander the Ruler above all the Name above all Names the Wonderful Counselor the Mighty God the Everlasting Father the Prince of Peace my Holiness my Righteousness my Justice my Faithfulness my Mercy my Grace my Friend my Confidence my Pastor my Elder my Brother my Assurance my Redeemer my Rock my Salvation my All in all my Exalted my Glorious my Beloved my Joy my Song my Love my Jesus Christ, King, Lord, Savior and Messiah my Father, my Father, my Abba, my heart my Holy Spirit, my comfort, my peace, my gift, my breath. So I will be so very careful to worship, sing, praise, glorify, exalt, proclaim, honor, dedicate, and love You alone. I pray this desperately and joyfully, in the beautiful, sweet, precious, most tender, loveliest, most worthy, dearest name of Your Son. His name is the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.