Pray Like Jesus, Pt. 11 – The Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory, Amen!

(Originally published Aug 30, 2009 by Rev. Jedidiah Maschke)

So far this summer, we’ve prayed a lot of important prayers. We’ve prayed “Hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done. Give us this day our daily bread. Forgive us our trespasses. Lead us not into temptation, and Deliver us from evil.” This brings us to the conclusion of the prayer Jesus taught us to pray, when we say the words, “For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.”

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Pray Like Jesus, Pt. 10 – Deliver Us from Evil

(Originally published Aug 23, 2009 by Rev. Jedidiah Maschke)

This morning, my wife and I were looking over the newspaper and pointing out articles that we thought were interesting, and one in particular drew my attention. It turns out that a man was arrested and convicted of stealing a painting of the Virgin Mary in order to pay for the abortion of a teenage girl he had raped. Anna pointed out that there’s just all sorts of levels of evil on that one!

I think that, no matter what you believe, you’d be hard pressed to argue against the existence of evil in the world. Whether it’s the story this weekend of a man who killed four of his girlfriend’s cats, or terrorism and wars, politics, famine, suicide, murder, or Brett Favre playing for the Vikings, it’s difficult to deny the existence of evil in the world.

Ok, I’m kidding Brett Favre. Mostly.
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Pray Like Jesus, Pt. 9 – Lead Us Not Into Temptation …

(Originally published Aug 16, 2009 by Rev. Jedidiah Maschke)

One of the things I’ve noticed is different about having two children vs. having one is that now with two there is a much higher possibility of conflict in our home. Earlier this week, I was taking care of the kids when I heard Ali scream, “JOSIAH, NO! STOP THAT!” I looked over and Josiah was trying to eat Ali’s crayons … again. So I said to Ali, “If you don’t want Josiah to eat the crayons, you need to put them in a place where he can’t get them.” So she picks up the bucket of crayons, takes them into the kitchen, and sets them on the counter. They are now out of his reach. Problem solved. Lead us not into temptation.

So fast forward to Saturday morning. Ali and Josiah are sharing a bowl of pretzels when Josiah knocks the bowl out of Ali’s hand and sends pretzels spilling all over the floor. “DADDY, JOSIAH SPILLED THE PRETZELS!”
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Pray Like Jesus, Pt. 8 – Forgive Us Our Trespasses …

(Originally published Aug 11, 2009 by Rev. Jedidiah Maschke)

How do you forgive someone?

One of the parables Jesus tells his disciples is about a king who forgave a million dollar debt for one of his servants. Then the servant whose debt was forgiven goes out, finds someone who owed him about twenty bucks. The servant demands to be paid back, refuses this other guy’s pleas for mercy, and throws him in prison. When the king heard about this, he called in the servant and says, ‘32b You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. 33 And shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’ And the king throws the wicked servant in jail until he can repay the debt. Jesus then adds on the warning (in v. 35), “So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.”
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Pray Like Jesus, Pt. 7 – Our Daily Bread

(Originally published Aug 11, 2009 by Rev. Jedidiah Maschke)

During the past couple months, we’ve been looking at how to pray, and especially what we’re praying for when we pray the prayer Jesus taught us to pray: the Lord’s Prayer. Each week, we’ve been picking out a few important terms in our prayers, like Who is Our Father in heaven, How is His name hallowed, How does His kingdom come, and How is His will done. Today we’re looking at the petition, “Give us this day our daily bread.” The important words we’re going to look at today are “daily bread”: What is Jesus talking about when he says to pray for “daily bread”?
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