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ENABLE US — A PRAYER WITHIN THE PRAYER
Some two billion Christians know and love and regularly pray the Lord's Prayer. When people pray so often with such well-known words, there's always a temptation to roll right through them—to get quickly to "the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever." The destination is worthwhile, to say the least.
It's sort of like climbing a familiar mountain trail. Along the way, climbers get occasional peeks at the peak, and many push on just to get there. Yet those in-between lookouts—they're for more than catching a breath and wishfully looking up. They're also for looking outward, horizontally. The view, and where it allows the viewer to go, has a way of moving thought beyond thanks for elevation gain.
Take for example that midpoint line in the prayer, "Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven." It's a kind of prayer within The Prayer. In those few words, there's no invitation to list grievances or personal desires. As with the Lord's Prayer in its wholeness, "Thy will be done" invites the one praying to openly acknowledge God and all that He's made as real and sacred and discernible. The joy of pausing at this point, and of going to God in prayer at any time, is that although we may be seeking solace for ourselves, we may find that the view Godward takes us naturally away from private concerns, and outward to that horizontal and inclusive love for others.
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THE PRAYER THAT 'COVERS ALL HUMAN NEEDS'
By Jill Gooding
'ENABLE US TO KNOW'
By Mark Unger
HEALED THROUGH THE LORD'S PRAYER
CHARLES OLUOCH ONYANGO
'AS WE FORGIVE OUR DEBTORS'
By Gloria Onyuru
THINKING OUT OF THE BOAT LESSONS FROM A PRAYER WATCH FOR DARFUR
By Karim Ajania
SAFE HAVEN IN A WILDFIRE
By Fred Colby
DROUGHT IN AUSTRALIA — A DEMAND TO GO DEEPER SPIRITUALLY
I FOUND CALM IN A STORM ON THE AMAZON
By Elise Rindfleisch
WHEN FAMILY TIES ARE TESTED
'WHEN THE FEAR WAS ERASED, I WAS HEALED'
SHE FELT GOD WITH HER
ON THE ROAD, CONCRETE PROOF OF GOD'S CARE