This past Sunday I urged people to re-write ‘The Lord’s Prayer’ which Jesus taught his disciples. I memorized it in this KJV language a long time ago:
Our father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name;
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven;
Give us this day our daily bread;
Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us;
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil;
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
(66 words) (~30 seconds)
Here is the revision I prepared for Sunday’s message:
Father, make your name great. May I represent you well today, bringing honor to our family, along with all who call you ‘father’
I seek to follow you always, and I ask that the company of those who follow you would increase in our city;
Along with the rest of the world, I depend on you. Grant all that we need to flourish this day.
For each one that has harmed me I offer forgiveness, even as I seek forgiveness for the ways in which I have damaged our friendship;
Keep me far from the desire to sin in thought word or deed.
Amen. (104 words) (~45 seconds)
My challenge was to use your own language and phrasing to re-write the prayer, then memorize it and pray it every day for a year. I believe it will re-shape us as followers of Christ if we will remain faithful to it.