New translations can help us see fresh truths in the Lord's
Prayer, writes Janice Tindale
FAMILIARITY WITH THE LORD'S PRAYER means that, when we begin to
use it, the prayer can flow from us and barely touch our minds.
However, a new translation such as the school children's version in this
issue's worship pages can surprise us and bring a fresh
We all pray differently. I visualise the power of God whenever I
see a beach on a stormy day or after a high tide, swept clean and
purified by the salty water. I know that I am swept clean from my
sins and then I understand that I too must forgive and let go of
We also know that we are blessed with both physical and
spiritual food, education and health care. The Gospels provide us
with the example of Jesus, of how we must care for others both in
feeding and healing. That is surely our prayer when we say:
Your will be done on earth as in heaven.
Some of us find the practical side of loving and caring easier
than evangelism, the proclamation of the good news of God's
Kingdom. Many with a social conscience are prepared to help the
needy and the sick, but Jesus told us not only to love one another,
but to go and make disciples.
Your Kingdom come … on earth
That will come about when people take time to listen to God,
care for his world and to reach to share his love and introduce
others to him.
We must open our hearts and minds and ask the Spirit to come and
If we keep lists of those we pray for, then that 'still small
voice' will surely prompt us that if we desire to see heaven here
on earth. Then we are part of the answer to our own prayers.
What is our part in producing answers to prayer?
Ponder your role in fulfi lling the great commission.
Are you called to a special task?
Pray for all who strive to carry out the great commission:
› that our eyes be opened to our own role and that the Holy
Spirit will guide us to share the love of Jesus.
Pray for those who serve in our neighbourhood, such as:
› our church leaders and Christians in government
› street pastors and chaplains in sport, industry and
› Christian broadcasters and Christian volunteers.
Pray for those who serve in other lands:
› that their needs will be met as missionaries relocate their
› that their relationship with God will remain strong as they
learn to love the people they are called to serve
› that their physical and emotional needs will be met as they
adjust to a new culture.