The Lord’s Despair

This is a version of the Lord’s Prayer I wrote a while back. It is meant to make us think: What am I really saying when I recite this prayer? Do I really mean what it says, or do I “interpret” it to make it more palatable?


Our Father, far off in heaven,
Hollow is your name,
Your kingdom gone,
Your will undone on Earth,
Is it done in heaven?
Give us this day our hearts desires,
And forgive us our indiscretions,
While we condemn those who displease us.
Don’t worry about temptation,
Just deliver us from the consequences.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,
Which we exploit forever and ever,


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2 Responses to “The Lord’s Despair”

  1. diasolifeontheborder Says:

    You raise a good point – thanks! Thankfully, the prayer that Jesus taught his disciples to pray is filled with powerful language and Jesus encouraged us to pray with faith

    • thoughtfulspirituality Says:

      I agree that the real prayer is a powerful model for us. Not least is that there is no “I” in it–it is all phrased in terms of “us”. A constant reminder that it is not all about me!

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