LIVING THE LORD’S PRAYER
Nancy B. Detweiler, M.Ed., M.Div.
For the past couple of months, I have frequently driven to a nearby location where I can view the sunset. Awe-inspiring … breathtaking … beautiful beyond words … are feeble attempts at describing the loveliness displayed. Looking up, the sky becomes God’s cathedral enfolding our planet … the indigo, white, rose pink, and gray clouds are transformed into heavenly stained glass windows, shimmering in the light of the Sun. Looking up, I am aware of our planet nestled within a universe of planets, stars, and Suns. Looking up, I pray the Lord’s Prayer for our planet.
On the other hand, I observe drivers speeding past a lovely sunset … people walking along the roadside … church members parking their cars nearby and going inside … few, if any, look up long enough to behold the heavenly vision surrounding them. All are engrossed in the tasks at hand … tasks that seem, to us, to be vital to our earth plane lives. Yet, these very tasks tend to separate us from the much more comprehensive drama of God’s unfolding plan for our planet. They cause us to look down … to forget that our lives are taking place on a planet … within a solar system … within a galaxy … within a cosmos.
I find that praying the Lord’s Prayer … while conscious of standing on planet Earth … looking up to the Sun of our solar system … magnifies the prayer into one for the planet. I invite all of you to do likewise. Praying thus lifts our perspective from one focused on our individual lives and immediate surroundings to remembrance of our entire human family. We can, then, seek to live out this prayer by extending our life’s orientation to one that includes our brothers and sisters throughout this planet. We shift to a new life paradigm … one that seeks to share with all who inhabit our planet.
Our Father becomes the Source of life for all that is … the Sun … stars … planets … and the inhabitants thereon. Our Father is the life force manifesting through the myriad forms of creation as they express on many dimensions of consciousness. We are increasingly hearing of encounters with UFOs and extraterrestrials. Most of us readily accept the existence of angels and the Ascended Masters. Our Father is their father as well. Many visitors from throughout the cosmos are present with us … they are members of our galactic family and have come to assist and to observe Planet Earth’s shift into the New Golden Age. As we stand before our Sun, praying the Lord’s Prayer, let us include our cosmic brothers and sisters. Let us begin to live with the realization that we are not alone on this planet … that many loving beings are present with us. They yearn to assist us in creating a home planet characterized by world peace and unconditional love.
Our Father, who art in heaven is the river of life through which flows our capacity to create world peace and familial love between all of Earth’s inhabitants. Our Father, who art in heaven individualizes as our I AM PRESENCE. From this dimension of heaven within us, we catch a glimpse of the prosperity and individual soul wellness/fulfillment that are available to all. Through contact with our I AM PRESENCE, or the God indwelling each of us, we can live in constant communication with the heavenly realms. Herein is the fountain for all our Good. Extraterrestrials, angels, and Ascended Masters drink from this same Fountain of Good. Through our Father, who art in heaven, all are members of one cosmic family. We live the Lord’s Prayer for planet Earth as we remember our interconnectedness.
Hallowed be thy name! Harper’s Bible Dictionary states that to hallow something is to set it apart, with great reverence, for a sacred purpose. Every name possesses a numerical vibration indicating the qualities through which all function. To pray, Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name is to recognize, with deep reverence, the qualities of God … omnipresence within us as the I AM PRESENCE … the Source of all wisdom, love, and prosperity. Standing before a sunset provides the perfect setting for hallowing God’s name … the majestic loveliness, painted across the skies, easily fills us with awe. Then, our sacred purpose—stemming from this awe—is to assist in bringing forth God’s love and wisdom upon the Earth.
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, as in heaven so on earth. With these words, we affirm: It is possible to establish a Golden Age on planet Earth. God’s Kingdom is one in which all live in peace with one another … all—extraterrestrials, angels, ascended masters, and the inhabitants of Earth—work together and share the bounties of living in harmonious relationship. Thy kingdom come means that all are free to pursue their talents … to spend their time in tasks that are fulfilling and that enhance the overall Good. All are free to live out the numerical vibration within their name. Thy will be done, as in heaven so on earth is a call to God for divine intervention into our lives … intervention that allows divine order to unfold on Earth as it does on the higher dimensions of consciousness.
The cosmic divine plan is that Earth is to ascend into the 5th dimension. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, as in heaven so on earth affirms this truth. At this very moment, we stand at the threshold of the new heaven and the new Earth. Tremendous transformative events are taking place on the inner planes and will soon manifest on the physical. Then we will know—beyond doubt—that we are not alone … that we are loved beyond words … that God’s divine plan for each of us, and for planet Earth, is flowing forth in ways that are presently beyond our capacity to comprehend. Thy will be done is our surrender to the arrival of heaven on earth—the Golden Age of Aquarius!
Give us this day our daily bread. Our Father, give us all that we need to allow your divine plan to unfold in our lives and that of our planet. Grant to us an open mind with the capacity to receive abundance, intuitive guidance, and the acceptance that with God all things are possible. When God chooses to intervene in our lives … in the life of America … in the life of our planet … all things are possible. We have arrived at such a portal of divine intervention. Our daily bread becomes more than the food, shelter, and work we need in order to live on the 3rd dimensional, physical plane. Now, the daily bread we need is an open mind … a mind that allows for all possibilities … a mind that recognizes our intellect cannot lead us to truth. Our daily bread becomes attunement to our intuitive minds … the willingness to listen to the inner Self … to be an open channel for God’s love and wisdom to manifest in our lives. Insisting on physical proof slams shut the inner door. Our daily bread becomes the courage and persistence to live out our intuitive feelings, even though what we feel makes no common sense. We cannot move forward in God’s plan if we insist upon things remaining the same. Our planet is ready to move forward into a world of peace and love. Give us this day our daily bread is our affirmation that we surrender to the changes involved in Earth’s transformation.
And forgive us our offenses, as we have forgiven those who offend us. For the past few years, many have felt compelled to make right their relationships with others … to seek to forgive others … to ask for forgiveness … to forgive ourselves … and to release the unhappy memories. We have felt the need to clean out our lives … our homes … the way we relate to others. This urge toward cleaning out, forgiving, and releasing signifies the unfolding of divine order … in preparation for the magnificent Light that is coming into our world.
Light shatters darkness. We may experience this shattering as trauma and the destruction of a belief system that, heretofore, has been the foundation for our lives. We are increasingly reading and hearing on the news about cover-ups in our government. Light brings forth all that is not truth … in every structure of our planetary society. Give us this day our daily bread; forgive us our offenses as we have forgiven those who offend us. The Lord’s Prayer can become the foundation on which we base our responses to the coming days. Forgiveness will play a major role. Our daily bread is to be our willingness to forgive … to discern truth … and to be open to loving all persons while rejecting their negative behaviors. God has nothing to forgive because we are already perfect in the eyes of Our Father. Forgive us our offenses is a prayer to our own I AM PRESENCE: “Give me the wisdom to forgive myself for falling short in my discernment of truth.”
And do not let us enter into temptation, but deliver us from evil. As the Light tears asunder the curtain of darkness and illusions that characterize the 3rd dimension, we are likely to experience anger that so much has been hidden from us by those in power positions within every structure of our planetary society. We have been taught in our schools, churches, and governmental structures to think inside the box of traditional beliefs. Those who have refused this robotic mode of thinking have been persecuted, often severely. As the Light exposes the non-truths to which we have adhered, we may be tempted to react with anger and frustration. Do not let us enter into temptation, but deliver us from evil holds the secret to responding with forgiveness and love. Know that Light dispels the darkness. Light delivers us from evil. Evil—defined as living with our backs to God—can assume all sorts of horrific forms. Praying: Do not let us enter into temptation is our affirmation that we will strive to forgive and extend unconditional love to those who have lived with their backs to God. As the Light delivers us from evil, we are surrounded by a multitude of beings from the higher spiritual dimensions. These beings enfold us with love; they gladly instruct and help us in creating a new Earth. It is up to us to enter not into the temptation of continuing to think within the box of the former status quo. Much that preceded this time in our planetary history has been laced with darkness or non-truth. The Golden Age of Truth and Light lies before us. We are in the transition period … from darkness into the Light of a New Age.
For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory for ever and ever. The kingdom of God on Earth, for which we have prayed for thousands of years, stretches before us. The Golden Age is an Age in which we live in God’s kingdom … in full knowledge of God’s power … and stand in the glory of God forever. The Golden Age is an Age in which we come to know and to experience daily the truth about ourselves: We are One with God and all of creation. In this kingdom, we stand in the Light of our own I AM PRESENCE, demonstrating the power that is ours to transform our world … We stand in the glory that is ours as child gods and we will do so for ever and ever. Once we know Truth, it cannot be taken from us.
AMEN! As we close the Lord’s Prayer and every prayer with the word Amen, we are affirming certainty that our prayer is present reality. Prayer is a means of co-creating with God; Amen commands, “So be it!” Amen affirms our knowledge that the Golden Age … the new heaven and new Earth … are our rightful inheritance as Sons and Daughters of God. Amen affirms our intention to henceforth live within the kingdom, the power, and the glory of God and our own I AM PRESENCE for ever and ever.
In doing so, we live the Lord’s Prayer for Planet Earth.