HOST: Michael Whitworth
Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
The model prayer. In his gospel, Luke records that this prayer is in response to a disciple’s request, “Lord, teach us to pray” (Luke 11:1). Jesus had a way of praying that was different, more personal, more meaningful than people of His day were accustomed to. He had an intimate relationship with His Father, and that relationship was reflected in His prayers. His disciples wanted to be able to pray that way. They wanted to know God as Jesus knew Him, to approach God with the same intimacy and confidence that Jesus had as He prayed. So as He always did, Jesus taught them. He taught them, and us, how to talk to God, how to go before Him with our praise and our petitions, our needs and cares, how to put our lives into His hands and know that He will care for us. This beautiful little prayer teaches us so much, not only about prayer, but about our relationship with God. What a great lesson from the Master Teacher!
What effect does prayer have on your daily life?
Don’t forget to pray and have a great day!