E-votional  Thy Kingdom Come
April 11, 2001
"[A]s you also join in helping us by your prayers, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessings granted us through the prayers of many."
-2 Corinthians 1:11 (NRSV)


We hear of the joy and celebration from our friends, and strangers alike, and what follows is a peaceful smile.  The smile curls our lips, raise our cheeks and excite our hearts.  Likewise, when we hear of a tragedy sadness or concern we meet it with a deep breath or sigh.  Our countenance changes, our heart drops and we feel uneasy or uncomfortable.  We are connected to life around us, both friends and strangers In the same way, we remain connect and affirm the the fact we are connect each time we pray for another.
Hear the Good News, through our prayers and relationship with God, we are able to call out to God and know He is listening.  But prayer is more than just your conversations with God, it is a connective element within our faith.  First, as we pray, we share prayer with the many who have gone before us and those who will come after us.  When we share the Lord's Prayer, how many more have prayed this prayer with tears of passion, of joy, of pain or confusion.  How many times have we too offered the prayer in the same way?  They are more than mere words recited, they are the blue prints to being centered with God.  Second, prayer is an act of submission, giving our lives and our hearts to God.  When we pray, we pray with the faith that God is present and will continue to be there in our joys and our concerns.  If it is important, pray about it.  You know what, your whole life is important, so are people.
Our Father, who art in Heaven,
hallowed be Thy Name.
Thy Kingdom Come,
thy Will Be Done on Earth, as it is in Heaven.
Give of this Day our daily Bread.
Forgive us of our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
Lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil,
for Thine is the kingdom,
the power,
and the glory forever.