What I cannot say

I cannot say ‘our’ if I live only for myself.

I cannot say ‘Father’ if I do not endeavour each day to act like his child.

I cannot say ‘in heaven’ if I’m laying up no treasure there.

I cannot say ‘hallowed by your name’ if I am not striving for holiness.

I cannot say ‘your kingdom come’ if I am not doing all in my power to hasten that wonderful event.

I cannot say ‘your will be done’ if I am disobedient to his word.

I cannot say ‘on earth as it is in heaven’ if I’ll not serve him here and now.

I cannot say ‘give us today our daily bread’ if I am dishonest or seeking things using subterfuge.

I cannot say ‘forgive us our debts’ if I harbour a grudge against anyone.

I cannot say ‘lead us not into temptation’ if I deliberately place myself in its path.

I cannot say ‘deliver us from evil’ if I do not put on the whole armour of God.

I cannot say ‘yours is the Kingdom’ if I do not give the King the loyalty due him from a faithful subject.

I cannot atttribute to him ‘the power’ if I fear what men may do.

I cannot ascribe to him ‘the glory’ if I’m seeking honour only for myself.

And I cannot say ‘forever’ if the horizon  my life is bounded completely by time.

– Anon

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