Give US This Day

Sometimes, I wonder about myself, especially when I say words without processing.  I mean, haven’t I lived long enough to know better?

Apparently the answer is “no.”

Here’s the thing:

WORDS MATTER.

It’s one reason I love to be in conversation using God’s words–the words which have mattered and will ALWAYS matter.   And, this brings me to  “SOMETHING,” the conversation RED DOOR CHURCH began yesterday.

I’m still reeling from the power of saying four words Jesus prayed when he taught how to pray.

“GIVE US THIS DAY.”

These four words–are from an old Bible translation, BUT, as most of you know I love the new fresh words of the Voice translation.  I encourage you  to learn the prayer Jesus taught in whatever translation fits best.

I’m not sure I will get the old-school version out of my head and heart–I memorized it when I was nine-years old and it’s been powerful in my life ever since.

BUT.  Take time with this:

 Your prayers, rather, should be simple, like this:  Our Father in heaven, let Your name remain holy. 10 Bring about Your kingdom. Manifest Your will here on earth,as it is manifest in heaven. 11     Give us each day that day’s bread—no more, no less— 12     And forgive us our debts as we forgive those who owe us something. 13     Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. [But let Your kingdom be, and let it be powerful and glorious forever. Amen.]

Matthew 6:9-13  (VOICE)

I like the voice translation, “Give us each day.”  BUT.  I’m hanging on to the word, “this.”

It’s specific for today.  It’s new each day.  It’s as if, a statement has been released with the tag line:  “No matter what happens, this day is from God, who is SUSTENANCE (daily BREAD).

I know, who starts learning something in the middle? BUT, these words are so powerful, that it just seemed right, given the state of our lives and for that matter, the world.  It’s a prayer to be prayed for all.

I underline the four-word prayer with the God words:

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows (James 1:17, NIV).   

And, end the day with this prayer:

THANK YOU GOD FOR THIS DAY.

You and I know most days are not perfect BUT when we realize the perfection of God is thread through it all–well, it’s an awesome day.  It just is.   Here’s my final word on it–at least for now:

The presence and power of God is the gift of this day.

I pray you and I live this day strong, recognizing God gave this day–Kerrie

By the way–I loved RDC‘s time around the table yesterday after the morning gathering and then enjoyed the sunshine with two of our cuties while Tiffany snapped some pictures.  In case you are wondering,  I will be sharing some of the pics the next few days because they’re so stinkin’ cute.

 Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2017 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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