How should we pray?
[Continuing the hymn-for-Sundays series]
Our Father in heaven so holy,
may many more honour you wholly,
your good kingdom come,
your perfect will done
on earth, as in heaven, more fully.
We pray for our needs that are daily
so varied and sometimes our folly
brings need of your grace,
and tender embrace
– please pardon, for sins we are sorry.
We will not ourselves be unwilling
to exercise mercy, forgiving
each other, we need
that you wisely lead,
upheld in the troubles of living.
So help us the pitfalls, temptation
to see and avoid, give protection
from Satan’s designs,
his malice and crimes,
his subtle, perverting intention.
For you are the King and for ever
your kingdom will grow by your power
– your glory revealed,
when nothing’s concealed,
your purposes no-one will sever.
“This then is how you should pray …” said Jesus (Matthew 6:9)