Daily Lenten Reflection
The College of New Rochelle
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Prayer…the most powerful tool we have as Christians. God has established prayer as our daily, minute-by-minute conversation with Him to overcome the limitations of our human existence.
How arrogant and prideful we are to think that we do not need to pray!
Most people turn to God in times of sorrow or great distress as the Psalm implies. Yes, God will deliver us from our fears and difficulties. However, it is the just that He hears. The righteous is given His comfort and deliverance. Humbling ourselves before God gives us access to God’s righteous salvation and deliverance from our afflictions. No matter what is going on, good or bad, daily prayer with God is necessary to show our love for Him.
Jesus has told us not to have our prayers be public displays of pride, haughtiness or ritualism. Our prayers must come from the heart, thoughtful and relevant to the situations we are confronted with day-in and day-out. My daily prayer goes like this:
Our Father – Abba Father, Creator of all things.
Who are in heaven – You are above all things in creation.
Hallowed be thy name – Holy is your name.
Thy Kingdom come – Your Kingdom will stand forever.
Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven – Your will amongst all humanity will become the standard for righteous living.
Give us this day our daily bread – Each day You give to us what is sufficient for our success.
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us – forgive our shortcoming and sins as we forgive our brothers and sisters theirs.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil – Deliver us from the evil one in our time of distress, for Your love covers our multitude of sin.