I cannot say …
“Our” if I live only for myself.
“Father” if I do not endeavor each day to act like his child.
“Who art in heaven” if I am laying up no treasure there.
“Hallowed be thy name” if I am not striving for holiness.
“Thy Kingdom come” if I am not doing all in my power to
hasten that wonderful event.
“Thy will be done” if I am disobedient to his Word.
“On earth as it is in heaven” if I do not serve him here and
“Give us this day our daily bread” if I am dishonest or am
seeking things by subterfuge.
“Forgive us our debts” if I harbor a grudge against anyone.
“Lead us not into temptation” if I deliberately place myself
in its path.
“Deliver us from evil” if I do not put on the whole armor
“Thine is the kingdom” if I do not give the King the loyalty
due him from a faithful subject.
“The power” if I fear what men may do.
“The glory” if I’m seeking honor only for myself, and
“Forever” if the horizon of my life is completely bounded