“When you are baking the perfect cake, cook and bake in this way …” Is that a recipe or advice on style and approach?
“When you face a seemingly intractable problem, approach it in this way …” Yep. That is an approach.
”Jesus said, “When you are praying, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. ‘Pray then in this way: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not bring us to the time of trial, but rescue us from the evil one. For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; but if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”” Matthew 6:7-15
“Pray then in this way” is an approach.
This morning He drew me to that phrase. For many years He has not. And this morning I sit in wonder. I ponder in awe. He sees in me what I do not. He finds in me what I cannot. He finds me ready for more than repeating by rote (and with great love) the “Lord’s Prayer”. This morning – so very tired, so very grumpy, so perfectly imperfect – He deems me ready for something so very special.
Pray then in this way –
A prayer prayed in this way: Oh God of Love, my friend, my father, my lover, my creator. I am open to your sigh, your breath, your living. I do not surrender to You, I embrace You, I demand You, I am You. Each tick of the clock as this day unfolds, I remind myself you and I are as One. I remind myself that you are perfection in each second, you shower an abundance of Love in me and around me. I remind myself that you give to each the same. Each one I meet, that I touch or that I ignore. Each moment I judge, allow or adore. In each – You are together in love if I allow. Together we are love – if I allow.
Tomorrow, later today, in the next few seconds – the words will change. The “way” will not:
Connect love allow – allow love connect.
Pray then in this way
Now that I did not expect this morning!