Prayer to My Heavenly Father
Our Father in Heaven!
We who pray must know our Creator as ABBA Father. Such knowledge speaks about a close relationship between our Creator and ourselves.
May your Name be kept holy.
Everything about God, His Word, and His Identity speak about boundaries which clearly divide that which is holy from that which is profane.
May your Kingdom come, your will be done on earth as in heaven.
The Good News throughout all eternity is found in the identity and role of Jesus as God’s Son who implemented a new era, the Kingdom of Heaven, the first visitation as well as His next coming.
Give us the food we need today.
This speaks to the promise that our Creator will give us our daily portion as we maintain our commitment to our covenant relationship in His economy.
Forgive us what we have done wrong, as we too have forgiven those who have wronged us.
In the Kingdom of Heaven, the ongoing need for each follower is the daily practice of repentance. This discipline is paramount in keeping one’s heart pure before the Lord.
And do not lead us to hard testing, but keep us safe from the Evil One.
Trials, testings, and tribulations throughout one’s lifetime journey with Messiah shall produce the spiritual character of Christ and produce maturity of one’s faith.
For Kingship, power, and glory are yours forever.
This speaks about the sovereignty of our Creator within all of His creation. It equally identifies His eternal promises for those who are part of His Kingdom in this life, and the life to come.
Prayer to my Earthly Shepherd
The Lord my God is my shepherd. Because of Him, I lack nothing.
As I abide in all of His provisions, He has me lie down in grassy pastures.
He leads me by the very quiet water, He restores my inner most being.
As my Lord guides me in the right paths, for the sake of His own Holy Name.
Even if my travels take me through death, dark ravines, I will fear no disaster, for He is there with me, His rod and staff reassure me.
The Prayer to my Heavenly Father is a translation of The Lord’s Prayer or The Disciple’s prayer in Matthew 6:10-13 from the Complete Jewish Bible.
The Prayer to my Earthly Shepherd is a translation of Psalm 23.
These seemingly brief and simplistic prayers are not only personal but they are reflective of the collective whole of the multitude of human beings who are impacted by recent tragedies in America and aboard. May God’s will and eternal covenants bear witness of His sovereignty and provisions throughout all creation.
May our Loving Creator continue to bless you and guard you. May the Lord light up His Face to you and grant grace to you; may the Lord lift up His face to you and give you peace. Numbers 6:22-27
Grace and Peace
Brother Alonzo E. Thornton