“Seeds of Grace” Teach Us to Pray

Monday, March 25, 2019

They asked Jesus “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.”  And Jesus replied, pray like this:  “Father, hallowed be your name…”

Luke 11:1-4 

(Also look up Matthew 6:7-13)

Here is an Alternate Version of the Lord’s Prayer from The New Zealand Prayer Book.  It is used in many settings around the world, including at the convent of the Sisters of St. John  the Divine in Toronto, one of our Anglican religious communities.  Pray like this:

Eternal Spirit, Earth-maker, Pain-bearer, Life-giver,
Source of all that is and that shall be,
Father and Mother of us all,
Loving God, in whom is heaven:

The hallowing of your name echo through the universe!
The way of your justice be followed by the peoples of the world!
Your heavenly will be done by all created beings!
Your commonwealth of peace and freedom sustain our hope and come on earth.

With the bread we need for today, feed us.
In the hurts we absorb from one another, forgive us.
In times of temptation and test, strengthen us.
From trials too great to endure, spare us.
From the grip of all that is evil, free us.

For you reign in the glory of the power that is love, now and for ever.