Love prays (the wrap up of my humble little prayer plan)

by Craig on June 10, 2011

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In a  nutshell:

1.    Prayer tweeting. (here)
2.    God first, others second, me third.
3.    The pattern of the Lord’s Prayer in little bites sized pieces.

Part one of the wrap up is kind of necessary – it was yesterday’s post – right below this one. Maybe consider reading that one first?

Here’s how it works. I begin the day, and if I’m on target with Our Lord I know that he’s near. With that in mind, it’s only a matter of time before I want to say something to him.

Generally the first thing I want to say is something about me – but that’s where # 2 comes in. Before I talk about anything else I pray to God – about God. I pray the part of the perfect prayer that I just happen to be on this day – picking up where I left off.

If I can’t remember where that is, I skim through the prayer until I hit the yesterday’s spot.

This morning it went like this…

“Our Father… Who art in heaven hallowed be thy name… Thy kingdom come… Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven…

I knew it wasn’t any of those so I continued…

Give us this day our daily bread… and forgive us our trespasses. That sounded familiar from a couple of days of ago…

continuing…

as we forgive those who trespass against us? Okay – that was yesterday.

so…

Lead us not into temptation…. And there’s my spot for the day.

I’ve written a post on each part of this pattern. So below is the pattern with a quick thought on each part – and a link to the post where there’s lots more detail.

Our Father…

… I just chat with him about what it means that he’s kind enough to be my perfect father. (here)

Who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name …

…this is the praise part, where I consider, out loud, how awesome He is. (here)

Thy kingdom come…


… I think of something in my life that’s bad – and something that’s good. And I talk with him about the bad being gone and the good only getting better – when his Kingdom comes – and I pray for that Kingdom to come. (here)

Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven

… Love is God’s will. This is where I focus on me loving better today – and ask for his help. Corinthians 13:4-7 is really handy for this part. (here)

Give us this day our daily bread…

… this is the “gimme gimme” part of the prayer. I do more than enough of this without any help – so I skip this part. (here)

Forgive us our trespasses…


… I’ll bring to mind one or two ways that I’ve sinned or wandered and ask him to forgive, and maybe discuss with Him about why I need forgiveness. (here and here)

As we forgive those who trespass against us

… I think of someone who has offended me and talk with our Lord about it – and forgive as he forgives. You may find that one person dominates this part. (here)

And lead us not into temptation…

… I talk with him about not sinning and ask for his help to guide me away from any temptation I can’t handle – and give me strength for the ones I can. (here)

But deliver us from the Evil One

( no picture – the Evil One doesn’t deserve a picture)

… I thank him for, and pray for, protection from the Evil One who would destroy me if God weren’t protecting me – and also help in dealing with the Evil One’s nasty, stupid, mean little minions. (here)

Next day it’s back up to the top again.

And there you have it…

It’s just my little system.

If you have a system that already works for you just file this away as a nice idea.

If you’re like I was, and always afraid that your prayers aren’t good enough, or complete enough, then you might really, really, like doing it this way.

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Cora June 10, 2011 at 9:46 am

I really loved this whole series of posts, Craig, and I thank you for it. Again, it has been one of those things that I have pondered and really dug into during these past weeks. Though I’ve always been in church, Bible studies, etc., I don’t think there was ever a time when someone thought to teach us how to pray. My father prayed at the dinner table, but never taught us how to pray. Nor did Sunday School teachers, youth directors, or pastors. Not even in Bible School. Somehow, I guess, we were supposed to just mimic others and “get it.” It was hard enough to “get it” in the “outloud” in-front-of-people kind of prayers. It always seemed to be some kind of badge of maturity as to how “well” you prayed in front of people. VERY intimidating, to say the least. And I always wondered if this was how they all prayed in private — with all the thee’s and thou’s and thy’s, and the rest of the King James language. It wasn’t until I had a pastor who prayed simply, like a child before his Father, that I freed from that haughty language and learned to at least pray more conversationally. Now, I can go further. And just at a time when I need to do that. Isn’t it great how the Lord works these things out??????? (OK, so I use too many punctuation marks!)

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Craig June 10, 2011 at 1:32 pm

Cora, I had heard methods of praying taught – I had read a book or two on it – but this one, the informal conversational prayer combined with the perfect prayer of Our Lord – this is the one I’ve stuck with for about 20 years. I heart this!!!!!!!!!!!! (it’s okay to use too many punctuation marks on a blog) thank you Cora, and God bless you.

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Dawn June 10, 2011 at 10:07 am

Dear Craug,

My system

A – adoration
C – confession
T – thanksgiving
S – supplication

Some do

C – confession
A – adoration
T – thanksgiving
S – supplication

Perhaps, Laska would prefer the second. Anyway, after adoration I’m much more penitent because it is fresh in my mind just WHO I sinned against.

Unlike Cora, I’ve had a fair amount on how to pray, including several series (is there a plural of “series”?) on the Lord’s prayer. Yours was the most personal and circuitous (had the most rabbit trails) and was definitely the most fun. What do you call it? monkey brained?

Gotta run, late for a date with God-given husband,
Dawn

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Craig June 10, 2011 at 1:35 pm

I’ll join with Laska the love Kitty and make the second pattern the preferred one ^.^

and it’s called monkey braining – not monkey brained :-) (this made me laugh out loud)

God bless you Dawn – and your date – God bless him to.

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Marsha Young June 10, 2011 at 10:47 am

So agree with your comment that blogging is about life, life is not about blogging.

LOVED the picture of the little prarie dog, or whatever it was with its little paws lifted up. :)

blessing to you – Marsha

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Craig June 10, 2011 at 1:38 pm

thank you Marsha, and I heart that prairie dog picture!!! It makes me smile – adorable! a spirit filled prairie dog – heart that! blessings to you too Marcia.

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A. June 10, 2011 at 11:08 am

Thank you for this concise review, and the whole series! I, too, love that little praying critter in photo 1!!! Knees to earth, spirit ascending. That really sticks.

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Craig June 10, 2011 at 1:40 pm

thank you, as always A. And the praying critter – to cute not lead the day! God bless you A. – Laska is diligently working on his post – probably next Wednesday ^.^

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Richard Hobart June 10, 2011 at 2:27 pm

You have a well structured blog here. Every picture fits in perfectly with the paragraph before. Keep up the good work.
Richard Hobart
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Craig June 11, 2011 at 8:20 am

thank you Richard – thank you for the kind words. I read your post on witnessing to that man – Amen – we do need to be about spreading the gospel – there is a “great commission” after all. God bless you – and thank you.

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Debbie June 10, 2011 at 10:03 pm

I like the prayer system and thank you so much for sharing it. And the prairie dog . . .perfect! :) Just so happens there was something on Animal Planet today about prairie dogs!
God bless you as you continue on with Him, and encourage us to come too!

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Craig June 11, 2011 at 8:22 am

Debbie, I hearted that picture of the prairie dog the moment I saw it. I debated on whether or not to put it into the post – it’s not a light and fluffy kind of post so I wasn’t sure – but I think it was the right choice. A praying prairie dog – I look at it and it still makes me smile. Thank you Debbie for always being so nice – we are all traveling the same road – we are all learning – and learning from each other. God bless you Debbie!

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Michelle June 11, 2011 at 11:28 pm

I’m gonna have to check in on you every day, not just twice a week. There is too much to absorb in one sitting (was here Tues, and is now Sunday my time).

That said, I ♥ your prayer series. It has made me think about how I pray, and realise that I’m not alone in my conversations with God. I think I knew that…but is good to know. Also, the WHO God is, is something that has been coming up more and more lately. And the acknowledging His presence, might, love, awesomeness (had someone once say to me that we shouldn’t call anything awesome – as so many of us do – because only God is awesome; I held on to that for a while, then let it go as my God is awesome and has created some awesome stuff, so….) etc.

I believe God is raising His people up to stand on His authority, and a big part of that is relationship with Him, and knowing Him, and therefore praying and reading His love letter to us, so your two conversations with us….are a big part of that. Thank you for your faithfulness and sharing your thoughts with us and encouraging the conversation and journey.

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Craig June 12, 2011 at 8:15 am

I heard a preacher once say we needed three things to grow in our faith – just like we need for our body these three things – proper diet, proper rest, proper exercise. He left out a fourth one which is proper socialization – that’s the one I missed for a whole lot of years. Diet equals the word, rest is prayer, exercises the exercise of our faith, socialization – the part I missed – that’s fellowship with other Christians. My socialization is getting better now – my diet, and exercise, have been pretty solid through the years. My spiritual “rest” – that matured when I learned this “humble little pattern of prayer”. And yes! By all means read me every day – I would really heart that – I’d heart that a lot! God bless you Michelle.

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Mari June 18, 2011 at 8:49 pm

Oh Im REALLY good at the “gimme, gimme” part! Ive started using notecards to write down requests of others to move beyond myself. Thanks for sharing your prayer strategy!

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Craig June 19, 2011 at 7:49 pm

Mari, we’re all really good at the “gimme gimme” heart. that’s why I leave it out when I follow the pattern of prayer from Our Lord. And I like the note card thing – I’d probably use Posty notes myself. In fact, I think that YOU have just added to my humble little prayer system. Thank you for that!!! God bless you and keep you Mari!!

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