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Bulletin – September 23, 2012

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I Cannot Pray – Author Unknown

I cannot say “OUR” if my religion has no room for others and their needs.

I cannot say “FATHER” if I do not demonstrate this relationship in my daily life.

I cannot say “WHO ART IN HEAVEN” if all my interests and pursuits are in earthly things.

I cannot say “HALLOWED BE THY NAME” if I, who am called by his name, am not holy.

I cannot say “THY KINGDOM COME” if I am unwilling to give up my own sovereignty and accept the righteous reign of God.

I cannot say “THY WILL BE DONE” if I am unwilling or resentful of having it in my life.

I cannot say “ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN” unless I am truly ready to give myself to his service here and now.

I cannot say “GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD” without expending honest effort for it or by ignoring the genuine needs of my fellow men.

I cannot say “FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO TRESPASS AGAINST US” if I continue to harbor a grudge or unforgiveness against anyone.

I cannot say “LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION” if I deliberately choose to remain in a situation where I am likely to be tempted.

I cannot say “DELIVER US FROM EVIL” if I am not prepared to fight in the spiritual realm with the weapon of prayer.

I cannot say “THINE IS THE KINGDOM” if I do not give the King the disciplined obedience of a loyal subject.

I cannot say “THINE IS THE POWER” if I fear what my neighbors and friends may say or do.

I cannot say “THINE IS THE GLORY” if I am seeking my own glory first.

I cannot say “FOREVER” if I am too anxious about each day’s affairs.

I cannot say “AMEN” unless I honestly say, “Cost what it may, this is my prayer.”

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