Our father in heaven.
Hallowed be Your Name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation*,
but deliver us from the evil one.
(for Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory for ever. Amen )
*) More exactly one might
translate like this: "And lead us, that we don't fall into
temptation". God is not the temptator (James 1:13
he is the highest one above all, above the good and the evil; therefore one can
invoke God for nonadmission of temptations; or for the right guidance, when
someone is already experiencing a temptation.
Some more places in the New Testament concerning prayer: Matthew 18,19-20 - praying with two or three "with Christ among (or within) them". John 4,23-24 - praying "in the spirit and in the truth" . John 15,16 - praying "in my name to the father", that means in conscious connection with Christ. John 17 - the prayer of Christ himself for his disciples. In the main text of "Ways of Christ" you find explanations concerning prayer in the chapters: "The baptism...", "The silence in the desert", "The Sermon on the Mount", "The question of the miracles", "The first Whitsun event", "John's Revelation"....
To pray is effective - if what is wanted, is ethical; but it is up to God's higher wisdom, what is fulfilled in the world, and how it is fulfilled.
To the extra page "A Prayer for Peace, Life and Earth"
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