It’s Wednesday and here I am! I made it, y’all! Still not sure what I’m going to be blogging about but for now this is what has been on my mind…
So, after I left my two little churches, I struggled a bit… not with my faith but with… I don’t know… the church… organized religion… I don’t know but I didn’t even know how to pray anymore. In fact, at meal time I always asked DH or DD to bless our meal because I just couldn’t do it.
Eventually though, I missed my prayer time. I still didn’t have words though. Prayers just wouldn’t come to me, so I would pray the Lord’s Prayer, sometimes over and over again.
I’m so glad Jesus us gave us this prayer. I never really thought too much about it before. I mean I thought about the words and what they meant but not so much about how much it could mean to me in times of … struggle.
It has given me peace, a sense of connection when I feel totally disconnected, words when I have none, and just focus when I need it most.
The Lord’s prayer is more of a gift than I ever knew and I am ever so grateful, all these years later, that Jesus prepared this prayer for us.
Our Father, who art in heaven, hollowed be thy name.~Jesus
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
Oh Sherri, praying for you also. I totally understand. I have lost faith in “churches”. In my experience, they are full of judgmental people and I am tired of not being “good” enough in their eyes and therefore not “saved”. What is hard is there is also more of a separation from God and I also find it harder to pray. I also have found that just praying God’s words really helps. There are also a few books on praying scripture, I think one is by Beth Moore. You are probably familiar with those but when I am at a loss for words, God is faithful and knows my heart and can supply the words. I keep an index card book with the scriptures written in it to go to.
I hate to hear that that is anyone’s experience. It makes me so sad and is part of my struggle. That’s who we (the church) are supposed to be. I’ve written lots of devotionals myself on praying the scriptures. It’s a great idea for when we have no words. Thanks! 😊 Right now for me, the Lord’s Prayer is working wonders.