Posts by John Longmire (Page 2)

Posts by John Longmire (Page 2)

Knowing God’s Will

Matthew 6:9-10 The Reading “Therefore, you should pray like this: Our Father in Heaven, your name be honored as holy. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:9-10) Reflection Why do we have to ask that God’s will be done? It is obvious that God is powerful enough to do whatever he wants, so why must we ask him to act in his own interest? The problem is not with God; the…

Seeking the Kingdom of God


The Reading “Therefore, you should pray like this: Our Father in Heaven, your name be honored as holy. Your kingdom come.” (Matthew 6:9-10) Reflection What is the kingdom of God? I am sorry to say this, but the kingdom seems to have passed everyone’s notice these days. We are too busy building our own domains. Even local churches feel like their own little kingdoms. We tend to say that we are members of thus and such a church, rather than…

Centering Ourselves in God

The Lord’s Prayer Matthew 6:9 The Reading “Therefore, you should pray like this: Our Father in heaven, your name be honored as holy. (Matthew 6:9) Reflection After learning to pray to God as our Father, as we learned yesterday, we must learn what it means to center ourselves in God. The phrase, “Hallowed be thy name,” is obscure in modern English, meaning that we do not use the word “hallowed” in everyday speech, nor do we understand what it means…

God is our Father

The Lord’s Prayer Matthew 6:9 The Reading “Therefore, you should pray like this: Our Father in heaven, your name be honored as holy. (Matthew 6:9) Reflection There are two versions of the Lord’s Prayer in the Bible; the shorter form is in Luke 11; the longer one, which we typically use in worship, is in Matthew 6 and is part of Jesus’ great Sermon on the Mount. Let’s move forward through the prayer step-by-step, and we will find all the…