A MEDITATION ON THE LORD’S PRAYER. Collected from the Epistles of St. Paul.
Our Father, who is in heaven.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;’ who has predestinated us to be His adopted children, through Jesus Christ; who alone has immortality, and inhabits light inaccessible. With joy we give thanks to You, who has made us worthy to be partakers of the lot of the saints in light. For we have not received the spirit of bondage again in fear: but we have received the spirit of the adoption of sons, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. For the Spirit Himself gives testimony to our spirit, that we are the sons of God. And if sons, heirs also; heirs indeed of God, and joint-heirs with Christ.
2 Cor. 1:3; Ephes. 1:5; 1 Tim. 6:16; Colossians. 1:12; Rom. 8:15-17; Eph. 5:1
Hallowed be Your name.
Grant that we may be followers of You as most dear children; that we may walk as children of the light in all goodness, and justice, and truth, proving what is well-pleasing to You, and have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness; that Your name may not, through us, be blasphemed among the Gentiles. Let our conversation be worthy of the Gospel of Christ, that we may be blameless, and Your sincere children, without reproof; and in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, like lights in the world, holding forth the word of life to Your glory in the day of Christ; that we may walk worthy of God, in all things pleasing Him; being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God. Grant that, whether we eat, or drink, or whatever else we do, we may do all to Your glory!
Eph. 5:8-11; Rom. 2:24; Philip. 1:27; Philip. 2:15, 16; Colossians 1:10; 1 Cor. 10:31; l Cor. 15:50
Your kingdom come…
Since flesh and blood cannot possess the kingdom of God for this cause, we bow our knees to You the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, that You would grant us, according to the riches of Your glory, to be strengthened by Your spirit with might unto the inward man; that Christ may dwell by faith in our hearts and that sin may not reign in our mortal body. For You have delivered us from the power of darkness and have translated us into the kingdom of the Son of Your love. For we know, if our earthly house of this habitation be dissolved, that we have a building of God, a house not made with hands, eternal in heaven. For while we are in the body, we are absent from the Lord; therefore, we have a desire to be dissolved, and to be with Christ.
For which cause, we faint not, but though our outward man is corrupted, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For that which is at present momentary and light of our tribulation, works for us above measure exceedingly an eternal weight of glory, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
Ephes. 3:14-17; Colossians 1:13; 2 Cor. 5:1-6; Philip. 1:23; 2 Cor. 4:16-18.
Your will be done.
For it is You, O Lord, who works in us both to will and to accomplish, according to Your good will. Make us, therefore, to be filled with the knowledge of Your will in all wisdom, and spiritual understanding, that we may walk worthy of You, in all things pleasing You. For this is Your will, our sanctification.
Let us not be conformed to this world, but reformed in the newness of our mind, that we may prove what is the good, and the acceptable, and the perfect will of God, for our will to do good is too weak of itself. For we are not sufficient to think anything of ourselves, as of ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God. Give us Your grace, that we may accomplish the same from our heart, as do Your ministering spirits, sent to minister for them who shall receive the inheritance of salvation.
Philip. 2:13; Colossians 1:9-10; 1 Thess. 4:3; Rom. 12:2; 2 Cor. 3:5; Heb. 1:13-14; 1 Tim. 6:6-8;
Give us this day our daily bread.
Godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and certainly we can carry nothing out. Having, then, food and clothing, with these let us be content.’
Let our manners, then, be without covetousness, being contented with such things as we have. For You have said, I will not leave You, neither will I forsake You; so that we may confidently say, The Lord is my helper You are near, 0 Lord. Let us be nothing solicitous, but, everywhere and in all things instructed, let us know how to be full and to be hungry, to abound and to suffer need. But, above all, let us exercise ourselves unto godliness, which is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come. Grant to us not to trust in the uncertainty of riches, but in You the living God, who gives us abundantly all things to enjoy; to do good, to be rich in good works, to give easily, to communicate to others, to lay up in store for ourselves a good foundation against the time to come, that we may lay hold on eternal life.
You are able, O God, to make all grace abound in us, that, having all sufficiency in all things, we may abound to every good work. You who ministers seed to the sower, shall also give bread to eat.
Heb. 13:5, 6; Philip. 4:6; Philip, 4:12; 1 Tim. 4:8; 1 Tim. 6:17-19; 2 Cor. 9:8
And forgive us our trespasses.
Since in our flesh dwells not that which is good, so that the good which we will we do not, but the evil which we will not that we do, therefore, by sin reigning in our mortal body, we have obeyed the lusts thereof. Alas, how often have we yielded our members as instruments of iniquity unto sin, and have despised the riches of Your goodness, and patience, and long suffering, not regarding that Your benignity leads us to penance; but, according to our hardness and impenitent heart, we have treasured up to ourselves wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of Your just judgment, who will render to every man according to His works.
But let Your mercy, O most gracious Father, come upon us; and, showing us the riches of Your glory, make us vessels of Your mercy, prepared unto Your glory; and where sin abounded, let grace more abound.
Behold, we forbear threatening to others, that we may have You our Lord propitious to us in heaven. Put You also on us, as Your elect, the bowels of mercy, benignity, humility, modesty, patience, that we may be kind to one another, compassionate, and forgiving one another, even as You in Christ have forgiven us; to no man rendering evil for evil; but, if it be possible, as much as is in us, having peace with all men; not revenging ourselves, but giving place to wrath, leaving vengeance to You; and that we may not be overcome by evil, but may overcome evil by good. Make us to follow after the things that are of peace and keep the things that are of edification one towards another.
Rom. 7.18, 19; Rom. 6.12; Rom. 6.13; Rom. 2.4-6; Rom. 9.23; Rom. 5.20; Eph. 6.9; Col. 3.12-13
And lead us not into temptation.
Mindful of our weakness, we ask You, most tender Father, that no temptation may take hold of us, but such as is human, lest, as the serpent seduced Eve by His subtilty, so our minds should be corrupted, and fall from the simplicity that is in Christ Jesus. You, O God, are faithful, and will not suffer us to be tempted above that which we are able; but will make also, with temptation, an issue, that we may be able to bear it.
Rom. xii. 17-21; Rom. xiv. 19; 1 Cor. x. 13. 4; 2 Cor. xi. 3; 1 Cor. x. 13.
But deliver us from evil.
Finally, strengthen us, and keep us from evil; crush Satan under our feet speedily, that we may not be overreached by Him, for we are not ignorant of His devices. Grant that we may put on Your armour, that we may be able to stand against the deceits of the devil, and to resist in the evil day, and to stand in all things perfect. Put on us the breastplate of faith and charity, and for a helmet, the hope of salvation. Let us not trust in ourselves, but in You, O God. And therefore we are confident of this very thing, that You who have begun a good work in us, will perfect it unto the day of Jesus Christ. We believe You to be faithful who has promised. For all Your promises are, It is, and. Amen.
2 Thess. 3. 8; Rom. xvL 20; 2 Cor. 2. 11; Ephes. 6. 11-13; 1 Thess. 5. 8; 2 Cor. i. 9; Philip, i. 6; Heb. xi. 11; 2 Cor. i. 20.
From The Paradise of the Soul; Published in 1880