Posts in Uprising
The Power

"For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen."

The doxology to the Lord's Prayer occurs in only a few manuscripts but yet has some profound Biblical roots helping us to see the rule and reign of Christ in our lives and throughout the world. What does this mean for the church? What does this mean for us? What does this mean for you?

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Lead Us; Deliver Us

n the Lord’s prayer we’re asking God’s heart, God’s mind, God’s ways to become a reality on this earth, in our lives, in our communities, in our relationships. We are exposing our need and trusting God to meet our needs with love and care and generosity. We are asking to experience the power and freedom of forgiveness as we forgive and receive forgiveness. And then in this last statement we are acknowledging that no matter how much we want those things to be a reality, we are tempted to and do work against them. It is an acknowledgement of our limitations and a plea for God to bring us back into alignment with God’s heart, God’s mind, and God’s ways when we are unable or part of us does not want to live into these realities and this prayer.

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Forgive Us As We Forgive

“Forgive and forget” is the trope we’ve been sold over and over again about the true nature of forgiveness. Articles abound in Success magazine, Forbes, Oprah.com on the 4 ways, the 8 ways, the 12 ways to 'Forgive and Forget’. This is not forgiveness. This is forgetfulness, and it does not honor your story and how you are being formed. Forgiveness is different from forgetfulness. Forgiveness is about remembering, but in the remembering an ability to wish someone well and let them on their way.

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Give Us

What do you need? Deep down in the very depths of your being, what do you need? This is a question that begs us to know, to truly know ourselves deep within in order to truly answer. This knowledge of self is found in a God who loves us deeply, and who wants to lovingly give us the gift of life.

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Thy Will Be Done on Earth as it is in Heaven

What does it mean to pray “Thy will be done”? How does one actually begin to release that control and have a new vision of what is and can be despite the pain and suffering that is cascading down all around us. How can we be a people of prayer who actually pray ‘Thy will be done’? In this section of the Lord’s Prayer, Tracy Monts leads us through the text with her own story and the stories of others.

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Thy Kingdom Come

To pray ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ is an act of vulnerability. To pray ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ is an act of lament. To pray ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ is an act of hope. These postures of prayer open us up to a profound new understanding of our relationship with God. May we be a people who pray in this way, and who pray ‘Thy Kingdom Come!’

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