Around late spring 2015; one day I was meditating and wishing for a simplified way to make an appeal for general guidance to the Lord. But, not only did I want something that would be powerful and easy to remember. I wanted something that would feel natural to me whenever I used it.
I wanted a short prayer that I would use only once during a meditation session; useful when not focusing on a specific matter in particular. Up until this point I had always used repetitive affirmations during my meditations. But, this time around, I was trying something new.
Then, it dawned on me that The Lord’s Prayer was exactly what I was looking for. However, when I began to recite the Lord’s Prayer to myself it still didn’t feel right. That is when the idea of writing the following adaptation of it out for myself came to me. The way I now say it when I am alone is…
- In Jesus Name; my Father, who are in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
- Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth, as it is in heaven.
- Give me this day my daily bread and forgive me my debts, as I would forgive my debtors.
- And, lead me not into temptation; but deliver me from evil, for thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, forever.
Obviously, I would want to use the standard version of the above adaptation when reciting The Lord’s Prayer with a group. However, when alone and using the above variation, as deviated as it might be from biblical text, it seems to do something within me that just feels right.
When one writes affirmations to use during meditation/prayer sessions; part of the process requires a person to check to insure that the statement resonates comfortably within their body. If the affirmation statement causes negative tension within the body there is something wrong with the statement.
Sometimes though; a statement is causing tension in the body because it involves affirming something that we have no business working on. In those instances an affirmation statement must clearly be scrapped.
I can’t clearly recall an event that has come about because of my usage of the above prayer. However, when alone; the above version of The Lord’s Prayer doesn’t cause any tension within my body.
In fact; sometimes using The Lord’s Prayer at odd moments leaves me with the sense that something has awakened within me; surging through me in a way that allows me to feel its energy flow. When it’s just the Lord and me; that is something the traditional version of the prayer just doesn’t do. If that fact alone doesn’t make the above a powerfully effective prayer, “I don’t know what prayer would ever be good enough.”