Monday, April 29, 2013

Give Us Each Day Our Daily Bread

Father, hallowed by your name, your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread…
The third petition of the Lord's Prayer is about our daily needs. God loves you and cares for you (1 Peter 5:7). He wants to be asked for daily help for your daily needs.

Whether you feel the need of daily bread or not, consider praying in this way: 
  • God, thank you for my refrigerator, for my grocery store, for my cookbooks and for my microwave. 
  • I trust you, not my job, for my provision and security. 
  • Don’t ever let me think I have no needs! 
  • Keep me content with what I have and with what I don’t have (Phil. 4:11-12)! 
  • Guard my heart from loving money or a savings account or anything else that would keep me from trusting You. 
  • Give me what I need, not more or less (Prov. 30:8-9). 
  • More important to me than food is the success of your kingdom (Luke 12:31).

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Your Kingdom Come

Father, hallowed by your name, your kingdom come… Maybe add these “kingdom” prayers to your list:

  • God, reign in the hearts and lives of me, my family and my church. 
  • Show us our need of repentance because of the nearness of the king. 
  • Spread your rule to those who reject it now. 
  •  Bless your church, your kingdom embassy. 
  • Increase both the depth and the extent of your rule in and around us. 
  • Let the institutions of this world reflect the rule of King Jesus. 
  •  Expose the evil of the ruler of this present world so he might be rejected. 
  • Prepare me to enjoy your reign in heaven by my joyful submission today. 
  • Come, Lord Jesus!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Father, Hallowed Be Your Name

How might you build the Lord's Prayer into your prayer life? 

Here are two questions to ask yourself as you pray:
1.    How does what I’m praying about reflect my privileged relationship to God?
2.    How does what I’m praying about connect to God’s primary concern?

Use simple petitions like these to begin to implement the Lord’s Prayer as a template for your prayers.


  • Never let me forget what it cost you to make me your child!
  • Remind me, you are all I had hoped a perfect father might have been to me.
  • Thank you for adopting me.
  • Comfort me.
  • Help me learn from your discipline.
  • Grow our relationship because of this time in prayer.

"Hallowed Be Your Name"

  • Cause me regard you and your character as completely unique and holy.
  • Make your name known and revered in  the life of my family, in my friends, among the lost people I will see today and among the nations.
  • I confess I do not regard you as holy, in fact I run from your holiness. Please cleanse me and make me holy like my father.