Teach Us to Pray
“This, then, is how you should pray: Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name, your kingdom come,
your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”
I remember being told: when you pray, every prayer must begin with greeting God, and it must end with the words, “IN JESUS’ NAME”, or your prayer will not be heard. I think of my friend, who when he prayed (and only when he prayed), assumed a voice one octave lower. Another acquaintance always used the formal Thee and Thou whenever she prayed.
Jesus’ disciples knew John the Baptist had given his followers a prayer they should pray, they knew the followers of the Pharisees had a whole book of prayers they were to pray; so, they asked Jesus how they should pray. The prayer Jesus gave his disciples is a pattern for prayer. It is as if he said, “When you pray, it might sound like this…”
First, prayer is about our relationship with God, who is our father, and the Lord of our life. Second, prayer is a reminder that God is the giver of every good and perfect gift, we rely on him. Third, prayer is about our relationships with others we wrong, who might wrong us, forgiveness is the order of the day. Finally, prayer acknowledges our help comes from the Lord, our defender. Lord, teach us to pray!Tags: Bob, Church Blog, Pastor Bob, Pastors Blog