Today, I will post a few times. Trying to catch up on things that I have been setting aside. On a typical day, I have 10 to 20 different thoughts in my head to write about. Some aren’t appropriate; others are very important. I just don’t always get to the laptop to write them down. I’ve said it a hundred times, if I’ve said it once, I think too much. That’s part of my problem.
This also creates a problem with prayer. I feel like its contrived, preplanned. No matter what I want to say, I’ve thought about it a split hair of a second earlier and then I feel like I’m prepping my words and not actually just letting go and praying. Reading through the book of Matthew, I find where Jesus talks about God knowing what is in your heart and what is going on with you, so there is no reason to postulate and prep what you will pray for. He gives everyone a prayer to pray to God and it pretty much sums up everything all neat and tidy.
While working through the book of Matthew with Jen, I’ve told her, “This prayer says everything! No need to add anything to it.” She talks about how the LDS religion taught her to create a personal prayer all her own and stick to that at all times. My comment, “What’s wrong with what Jesus set down?” I am not saying her way is wrong; however, for someone like me, isn’t the simple prayer the best? Pray that for however long it takes to learn how to pray without feeling like I’m posturing? Prayer should not impress anyone, especially God. Since He knows everything, anyway, what’s the point?
“Our Father, Who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name,
Thy Kingdom come,
Thy will be done,
In earth as it is in heaven,
Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive them that trespass against us,
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil,
For Thine is the kingdom,
The power, and the glory,
For ever and ever,
It’s pretty simple, if you break it down. It covers everything. Jesus didn’t miss a thing, did He? Addressing our Father and giving Him our reverence (Hallowed by they Name). Asking for His kingdom to come and His will to be done. Give us our daily needs and forgive us for our sins. We promise to forgive others in the same manner. Please give us the help to ignore temptation, but, if we fail, please deliver us and forgive us. Again, the honor and respect for who we are talking about and then the finale: Amen.
Amen is a powerful word, in and of itself. I’ve heard it said that “Amen” means: let it be so. It also can mean, “I have spoken,” as in Jesus talking. These are my thoughts – and I am not a Pastor, Preacher, Priest or Bishop. Just me.
But, by saying Amen, we are concluding our prayer. There’s no pomp and fuss. There’s no long-winded thank yous and please dos. Everything is right there. I keep saying “simple;” however, it really isn’t a simple prayer in what it says. It’s simple, as in, easy to learn and come to understand. It is what I am learning to say, morning and night. Instead of trying to overcome my own problems with thinking too much and being convinced I am posturing because I think about 5 sentences ahead at all times.
I’ve shown people how my brain bounces while it is bouncing. It’s not “mental illness” as my thoughts are all coherent! It’s just that my brain moves that fast and can keep track of what its doing. So, a simple prayer like this goes a long way to calming those thoughts and focusing me on where I should be – praying to Our Father.
Thank you for listening,