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 fellowmen.
I cannot say FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES AS WE FORGIVE
THOSE WHO TRESPASS AGAINST US if I continue to
harbor a grudge against anyone.
I cannot say LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION if I deliberately choose to remain in a sitution 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."