"The Lord's Prayer"
11 Now Jesus[a] was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, "Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples." 2 And he said to them, "When you pray, say:
"Father, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come.
3 Give us each day our daily bread,[b]
4 and forgive us our sins,
for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
And lead us not into temptation."
5 And he said to them, "Which of you who has a friend will go to him at midnight and say to him, 'Friend, lend me three loaves, 6 for a friend of mine has arrived on a journey, and I have nothing to set before him'; 7 and he will answer from within, 'Do not bother me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed. I cannot get up and give you anything'? 8 I tell you, though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his impudence[c] he will rise and give him whatever he needs. 9 And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. 11 What father among you, if his son asks for[d] a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; 12 or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!"
Jesus gave us a prayer to pray for a reason. He wants us to remember who He is and what He has done for us. he wants us to remember that He is our heavenly Father. He wants us to remember that He is in heaven and that He can't wait for us to get there and that he can't wait to restore His kingdom. He wants you to remember that all of our daily blessings, the things that keep us alive, are from Him. He wants us to remember that he forgives our sins completely and so we must forgive the sins of others. He protects us from the evil one and, if we look to His will, He will keep us from temptation. He wants us to remember that this earth is his kingdom although the people over whom he benevolently rules, are obstinate, hate him, and deny his authority and rule.
The Lord's prayer is not some magical incantation that turns on God's giving switch. He isn't like our mommy, waiting for us to say "Pleeeeaaassseee" before He gives us what we need. He gives us all the things we pray for in the Lord's Prayer without our asking, because He is a good, good Father. Yet, we ask for our own good. We ask because we need to hear ourselves ask. We pray to be reminded that we have a Father who loves us and gives us these things. We pray for our own good. Prayer is a gift from God. He commands it, just like he commands the commands the commandments, because he knows that to live according to His will is good for us.
So, if you are wondering what to pray, or you are at a loss for words, pray the Lord's prayer. Pray it with your heart. Pause at each phrase and remember how God has already done all of these things for you. Pray it with your heart knowing that God is a loving father and he will hear you and give you what you need.
Let us pray: 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 and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever and ever. Amen.
Sat- Church basement reserved noon; Worship 5pm
Sun- worship 8:30; Sunday school 9:45; Worship 11; Church basement reserved 11am
WORSHIP WORKERS FOR THIS COMING WEEKEND:
Acolyte- 8:30- Zack Hoelscher 11- Hannah Johnson
Ushers- Alan Hofeldt, Tim Linke, Rich Talbert, Don Turnure
Altar- Set up- Marilyn Foster and Sue Ruhl; Clean Up- Cheryl Bettlach
Elders- Sat- Randy Fischer; 8:30- Don Turnure; 11- Jim Rahn
Greeters- 8:30- Randy and Patty Sweet; 11- Joan Sexton
Lay Readers- Sat- Sandra Perricone 8:30- Christy Winn; 11- Jim Rahn
Piano (Saturday and Sunday)- Molly Hendershot
Projectionists: Sat- ???? ; 8:30- Erv Yoder; 11- Gus
YESTERDAY'S QUIZ: What do Hephzibah and Beulah from Isaiah 62:4 mean?
No longer will they call you Deserted, or name your land Desolate. But you will be called Hephzibah, and your land Beulah; for the LORD will take delight in you, and your land will be married.
Never again will you be called "The Forsaken City" or "The Desolate Land." Your new name will be "The City of God's Delight" and "The Bride of God," for the LORD delights in you and will claim you as his bride.
New American Standard Bible
It will no longer be said to you, "Forsaken," Nor to your land will it any longer be said, "Desolate"; But you will be called, "My delight is in her," And your land, "Married"; For the LORD delights in you, And to Him your land will be married.
Directions to the range: DO NOT follow the signs to Whetstone Creek. If you follow the signs, you will not go to the firearms range. From Warrenton take I-70 to the Williamsburg exit. At the top of the ramp turn right and head north into Williamsburg. At the first stop sign go straight (Sign will tell you to turn left to go to Whetstone Creek CA - do not turn left). At the second stop sign go straight. Road will turn to gravel as you leave Williamsburg. Once road turns to gravel it is approximately 2.3 miles to the range on the right. Parking lot is before the range.
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