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   As I walk my 10,000+ steps a day, I have extra time to think if I focus myself. Here’s 8 parts of my 21st Century Prayer that I shared a while back. I’m trying to memorize these words just as they are…and offer some explanation for them:

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(1)     O God, my Father,

through the power of your Holy Spirit

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(2)    May I love you as I should:

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(3)     May I seek you daily for what I must ………….  know.

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(4)     May I understand your Word

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(5)     And may Truth be my guide

with the help of,

and in spite of,

the several traditions that

bear your name.

 

            (6)     May I share your love with those around me.

 

(7)     May I actively serve in your Church

                                     wherever I live.

 

(8)     May I properly obey authority

wherever I go.

 

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   Sources and Comments:

   (1)   See Mt. 6:9;  Jn. 16:13.   We recognize God the Father (the “first person,” as we refer to it, of the Trinity) and then the Holy Spirit (the “third person”)

   (2)   See Mt. 22:37-38;  I Jn. 5:3.  Loving God is the main business of life.

   (3)   See Acts 17:11;  Josh. 1:8.   Regular, daily prayer is desired by God. This is reflected in God’s words when He taught his disciples to pray, He said they should ask for their “daily bread.”

   (4)   See II Tim. 2:15;  Psa. 119:105.   “Understanding” is the reason for reading. Otherwise it’s pointless.

   (5)   The concerns expressed in I Cor. 1:10-17 still exist. Sincere people in Christ’s Church have differed on many things–about how the Church should be run, about how to worship, how to serve, how to live, etc.–which unfortunately has led to divisions; nonetheless, we are one family and we must continue to seek out Truth and act out our faith. See Eph. 6:14; II Pet. 3:15-16; 2:1-3; but see also Jude 17-19.

   (6)   See Mt. 22:39 & 28; 28:19-20; Jas. 2:8. Sharing the love of God with others is the 2nd greatest commandment.

   (7)   Heb. 10:25; Eph. 5:19; II Thess. 3:11-13. Being a Christian implies regularly actively worshiping and serving in a group of believers.

   (8)   Tit. 3:1-2; Rom. 13:1; I Pet. 2:13-17; Eph. 6:1-8; but consider Acts 5:27-29. God expects us to observe secular laws, with some exceptions where secular law clearly conflicts with God’s law.