He was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” He said to them, “When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us. And do not bring us to the time of trial.”
Food For Thought:
In this passage, Jesus teaches the disciples how to pray what we call “The Lord’s Prayer”. This prayer acts as a guideline about how we should pray. After I went to seminary, I became the designated leader of prayers in my family of origin. Although many people think that you learn to pray in seminary, that is not always the case. I didn’t learn how to pray in seminary. I had to learn this on my own. I think one of the most interesting articles that I ever ran across about how to pray had an abbreviation in it. According to the author of this article, each prayer should have: A (Adoration), C (Confession), T (Thanksgiving) and S (Supplication). While I disagree that every prayer has to have this formula, it is a helpful starting point. Prayer doesn’t have to be anything fancy. It is simply talking to God and expressing what is on our hearts. Don’t worry about saying anything special; we just need to keep the lines of communication open.
Gracious God, in your goodness you pour out on your people all that they need, and satisfy those who persist in prayer. Make us bold in asking, thankful in receiving, tireless in seeking, and joyful in finding, that we may always proclaim your coming kingdom and do your will on earth as in heaven. In your holy name we pray, Amen.