A PRAYER FOR 2021

OUR FATHER WHO ART IN HEAVEN – God I honor you.  I don’t understand you.  How are you in Heaven, but still in me and in Lin Soo on the other side of the globe?  Your Holy Spirit dwells among men.  That’s as far as my brain can take me.  I accept that.

HALLOWED BE THY NAME—Julie wrote something last week about seeing “God” written on a sign.  She couldn’t see what else, but it is a thrill to see your name held up in honor.

THY KINGDOM COME—Give me a glimpse of your kingdom.  Ahh, it has the charm of a new born baby.  I have seen bits of it.  In Mother Teresa, bathing the feet of the lame man.  Also in Mira, standing in her hurting feet as she offers me a gift of Christmas cookies.

THY WILL BE DONE IN EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN—Oh, God, thy will not mine.  I hate wearing this oxygen thing.  It is so ugly and humbling.  But I submit to your will.  If you want me healed right here/right now, you will do it.  Meanwhile make it a testimony to someone.  Someone who will see that you are keeping this old machine alive!   Thank you.

GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD—God, do what is necessary to open our jobs back up.  Psalms 128:2 says your people will eat the fruit of their labor.  Jobs are your plan.  You never planned for people to live on the expense of another person’s labor. 

AND FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES, AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO TRESPASS AGAINST US—Thank you, my Father, that most all of my relationships have been good and satisfying.  But there are some—you know—who have caused me great grief. I think I have forgiven.  If I haven’t then reveal to me that secret sin as David prayed.  “Wash away my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.

AND LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION—I confess to being tempted to complain.  I look all about me and I see people mocking you, reviling against what I believe, and dangling idols before the eyes of unsuspecting victims.  But inspire us to know sin when we see it and the boldness to not dance around calling out evil in all the moral and legitimate ways we can.

BUT DELIVER US FROM EVIL—In your name, I come against the shedding of innocent blood,  the lack of justice, the dishonesty, the greedy, the weak leaders in the churches  and in the government.  Change my focus. I know those things precede your coming.  Let me deal with them in grace and thankfulness that you are Deliverance.

FOR THINE IS THE KINGDOM AND THE POWER AND THE GLORY FOREVER—It is your kingdom we desire.  A kingdom of purity, holiness, and love.  It is your power that has made all things, your power that raised Christ from the grave, your power that sealed our souls, your power that will bring you Kingdom to the earth.  We give glory to You, the triune God.  Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

AMEN—Let it be so, and let our will and actions be toward bringing this prayer to fruition. 

This prayer is given in a form as prayed from people in agreement with each other.  So if you would like to join in this pray, adding or subtracting what makes it true to you, please do so—and I thank you.

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About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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14 Responses to A PRAYER FOR 2021

  1. So nicely done. Thank you for sharing 🙂

  2. A deeply profound look at a prayer that has become so rote for so many Christians — thank you Oneta
    It reminds me of lectio divina — an ancient monastic form of prayer— the ruminating over a prayer or piece of scripture, honing in on the words and going past the obvious into a deeper look at each pieces meaning for our life

  3. Faye says:

    A-MEN! A reflective and beautiful prayer,
    To our BIG, BIG God Who is beyond our ever full understanding, I simply acknowledge as part of a joined prayer across the world your TRINITARIAN identity. God of Heaven, God of the earth we see,(Revealed in Christ) and God of all the Spirit world. . You ARE LORD GOD OF ALL!. Thank you! May we surrender in 2021, listen to Your Leading and be your redeemed Children living out our human life according to your Kingdom Plan shown in the written WORD< A-Men and A-Men, Blessings all!

  4. Frank Hubeny says:

    I especially like this part: “I think I have forgiven. If I haven’t then reveal to me that secret sin as David prayed.”

    • oneta hayes says:

      Secret sins. Hard to really find – especially when one would rather not. That is a work for the Holy Spirit however, and He cares enough to let us know if we have a spiritual cancer that need to be purged.

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