I Cannot Pray

I cannot say OUR if my faith has no room for others and their needs. I cannot say FATHER if I do not demonstrate this relationship in my daily life and trust Him as His child. I cannot say WHO ART IN HEAVEN if all my interests and pursuits are in earthly and material things. I cannot say HALLOWED BE THY NAME if I, who am called by his name am not holy and don’t try to be holy. I cannot say THY KINGDOM COME if I am unwilling to give up my own sovereignty and accept the will and wishes of God in my life. I cannot say THY WILL BE DONE if I always do everything “my way”. I cannot say ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN unless I am truly ready to give myself to his service here and now. I cannot say GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD without expending honest effort for it or by ignoring the genuine needs of the people around me. I cannot say FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO TRESPASS AGAINST US if I continue to harbour a grudge against anyone and refuse to forgive. I cannot say LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION if I deliberately choose to remain in a situation where I am likely to be tempted. I cannot say DELIVER US FROM EVIL if I am not prepared to fight in the spiritual realm with the weapons of prayer and the sacraments. I cannot say THINE IS THE KINGDOM if I do not give the King of my heart and life the joyful obedience of a loyal subject. I cannot say THINE IS THE POWER if I fear what my neighbours and friends may say or do if I truly follow God’s Plan. I cannot say THINE IS THE GLORY if I am seeking my own glory and advantage first. I cannot say FOREVER if I am too anxious about each day’s affairs and forget the gift of eternity. I cannot say AMEN unless I can honestly say, “Cost what it may, this is my prayer.”


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