The Lord's Prayer Chain Letter
Please read my comments after this, I will highlight where my comments start.
This was one of those chain e-mails sent to me.
OUR LORD'S PRAYER
The moment you receive it, say:
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 us this day
our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who
trespass against us and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us
For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory
now and forever
GOD WANTED ME TO TELL YOU, It shall be well with you this coming
year..No matter how much your enemies try this year, they will not
You have been destined to make it and you shall surely achieve
all your goals this year...
For the remainder of 2010, all your agonies will
be diverted and victory and prosperity will be incoming in abundance.
Today, God has confirmed the end of your sufferings, sorrows and pain
because HE that sits on the throne has remembered you. He has taken
away the hardships and given you JOY. He will never let you down.
I knocked at heaven's door this morning, God asked me.. My
child! What can I do for you? And I said,
'Father, please protect and bless the person reading this
It has never been broken. Within 48 hours send as
many as you can - God does know if you don't have 20 people to send it
to. It's the effort and intent that counts. to family and friends.
This is a powerful Novena. Couldn't hurt. Can only help..
Please do not break it..
My Rant That is why it is in CAPS
OK HIGHLIGHT STARTS HERE< YOU CAN TELL ME I AM "TOO BAPTIST" IF YOU WANT, BUT I BELIEVE IN A SOVERIEGN, HOLY, JUST GOD, AND HIS RISEN SON, I BELIEVE IN THE HOLY SPIRIT THAT GUIDES US THROUGH OUR CHRISTIAN LIVES. FIRST OF ALL THE CHAIN HAS BEEN BROKEN!!! SECONDLY I KNOW THE LORD'S PRAYER, IT'S JOHN CHAPTER 17, HAVE THESE PEOPLE READING THIS E-MAIL EVER READ THE 17TH CHAPTER OF JOHN? IF SO THEY WOULD KNOW THE LORD'S PRAYER! THIRDLY JESUS TAUGHT THIS PRAYER TO THE DISCIPLES AFTER THEY ASKED HIM TO TEACH THEM TO PRAY, AND AFTER TEACHING HOW THE SCRIBES AND PHARISEES BOASTED ON THEIR VAIN AND REPITITIOUS PRAYERS. HE DID NOT SAY TO PRAY IT AS AN END ALL TO EVERY POSSIBLE SITUATION THAT COMES ALONG. GOD NEVER PROMISED US A HUNKY DORY LIFE AS THE RESULTS OF THIS E-MAIL CLAIMS. THAT'S WHY JESUS SAID, BLESSED ARE YE, WHEN MEN SHALL REVILE YOU, AND PERSECUTE YOU, AND SHALL SAY ALL MANNERS OF EVIL AGIANST YOU FALSELY, FOR MY SAKE." BY THE CLAIM OF THIS E-MAIL I HAVE A QUESTION. DID JESUS FORGET IT WHEN HE WAS IN THE GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE? DID HE FORGET IT WHILE HE WAS INFRONT OF PILATE? DID HE FORGET IT WHILE HE WAS ON THE CROSS? ALL BUT JOHN WERE MARTYRED, DID ALL THE APOSTLES INCLUDING PETER AND PAUL FORGET THIS PRAYER? ACCORDING TO THE SAYING IN THE E-MAIL THEY MUST NOT HAVE KNOWN IT. THEY MUST HAVE NOT PRAYED IT ENOUGH BECAUSE THEY LIVED VERY HARD LIVES AS MESSENGERS OF GOD'S WORD.
I KNOW THERE ARE A LOT OF CHURCHES THAT REPEAT THIS PRAYER EVERY SUNDAY IN THE SERVICE, IT'S THE ONLY WAY THEY GET TO GOD. IT IS ALWAYS SAID, EVERY SUNDAY, WITHOUT FAIL. OTHER ASPECTS OF THE SERVICE MAY CHANGE FROM TIME TO TIME BUT NEVER LEAVING OUT THE LORD'S PRAYER! HAVE THEY MADE IT A VAIN AND REPITITIOUS PRAYER? I FOR ONE AM GLAD I HAVE GRACE, GRACE GIVEN THROUGH THE HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD, GRACE MY LORD JESUS CHRIST GAVE ME THE DAY HE DIED ON THE CROSS, THE GRACE GOD GAVE WHEN HE GAVE US HIS ONLY SON, SEE JOHN 3:16. I GO THROUGH HARD TIMES, WE ALL DO, GOD NEVER PROMISED US A LIFE WITH OUT IT. BUT THROUGH THE BAD TIMES THROUGH THE STRIFE GOD HAS GIVEN HIS HOLY SPIRIT, THE COMFORTER, TO DO JUST THAT, TO COMFORT, I PRAISE HIM FOR THAT! I AM GLAD FOR GRACE THROUGH FAITH (SEE EPH 2:8-9) THAT BY GRACE PLUS NOTHING ELSE I AM SAVED, NOT WORKS IN THE CHURCH, NOT BAPTISM, NOT TAKING COMMUNION, BUT BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH, NOT OF OURSELVES IT IS A GIFT ( a free gift) WE ARE SAVED! NOT BY REPEATING A PRAYER IN VAIN DO WE GET GOD'S GLORY, BUT BY DILIGENTLY SEARCHING HIM OUT, BY HITTING OUR KNEES AND PRAYING TO HIM IN EARNEST, BY GIVING IT ALL TO HIM, THEN HE ANSWERS OUR PRAYERS ACCORDING TO HIS GLORY. GOING THROUGH THE TRIALS WE CAN GLORIFY HIM, THAT'S WHEN WE CAN TRUELY SEE HIM WORK IN OUR LIVES.
PLEASE IF I AM WRONG SAY SO, IT WON'T HURT MY FEELINGS, I LIVE TO SERVE THE RISEN SAVIOUR, TO SING HIS PRAISES TO PREACH AND TEACH HIS WORD, I WILL NEVER STRAY FROM TRUE BIBLE DOCTRINE KNOWINGLY, AND IF I DO I HOPE AND PRAY SOMEONE WILL SMACK ME UPSIDE THE HEAD AND LET ME KNOW.
PERSONALLY I ALMOST LOOK AT AN EMAIL LIKE THIS AS BLAPHEMOUS TO THE LIVING WORD OF GOD! I BELIEVE IT IS IN SUCH ERROR THAT GOD IS SHAMED BY IT'S WORDING AND MEANING, I CAN HEAR THE WORDS MY JESUS SPOKE TO THE DISCIPLES," OH YE OF LITTLE FAITH"
PETER SHOULD HAVE FALLEN ON HIS KNEES AND STARTED REPEATING THIS PRAYER OVER AND OVER SO HE WOULDN'T HAVE TO FOLLOW CHRIST IN HIS MANNER OF DEATH. YOU SEE JESUS TOLD HIM HE WOULD FOLLOW HIM IN DEATH. HE SAID HE WOULD DIE IN THE SAME MANNER. BUT, BY FAITH, PETER WAS ALSO HUNG ON A CROSS. HE FOLLOWED HIS LORD AND SAVIOUR, HE FOLLOWED JESUS, AND DIED A MARTYRS DEATH ON THE CROSS.
I LOOK AT THE SUFFERINGS AND AGONIES I HAVE HAD THROUGH MY LIFE. THE TIMES I WALKED AWAY FROM GOD I KNEW NO COMFORT, I FELT PAIN UNENDING. BUT DURING MY LIFE SEVING GOD, I HAVE HAD TRIALS AND WENT TO GOD FOR COMFORT. THE SITUATION MAY NOT HAVE CHANGED BUT! MY COMFORT WAS IN THE HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD. REMEMBER WHEN JESUS SAID,"PEACE BE STILL"? IT SOMETIMES TAKES AWHILE BUT SOONER THAN LATER I HEAR THOSE WORDS AND THE TRIALS ARE EASED THE PAIN IS GONE. NO REPEATING OF A PRAYER LIKE THIS E-MAIL SAYS CAN GIVE YOU UNENDING PROSPERITY AND TAKE AWAY ANY POSSIBILITY OF TRIALS AND STRIFE. I HAVE FAITH IN GOD ALONE, I AM NOT LOOKING FOR A FALSE HOPE IN FOLLOWING A REPITITION TO DELIVER ME FROM ALL THE CARES OF THE WORLD. IF YOU WANT PROSPERITY HAVE IT SPIRITUALLY IN GOD, HAVE IT THROUGH HIS WRITTEN WORD. HAVE IT IN FALLING DOWN BEFORE HIM AND PRASING HIS NAME IN TRUTH AND HONOR. NAME YOUR CARES BEFORE HIM, PLACE YOUR LIFE IN HIS HANDS,. THIS DOESN'T MEAN YOU WILL NEVER SUFFER, BUT MEANS YOU HAVE A PLACE TO TAKE YOUR CARES, YOUR NEEDS AND YOUR PRAISES. HONOR GOD WITH YOUR WHOLE HEART AND SOUL, PRASIE HIS GLORIOUS NAME, GIVE IT ALL TO HIM, HE WILL BLESS AS HE SOVERIENGLY SEES FIT. BUT PLEASE DON'T PUT YOUR HOPE IN SOME REPITITOUS VAIN AND BLASPHEMOUS E-MAIL.