The Lord’s Prayer

Jesus’ ministry lasted for just three years. He spoke to a lot of different people on a lot of different occasions. The gospels preserve only relatively small amounts of his precious and gracious words. He clearly spoke about the same topics in similar language at different times. Both Matthew and Luke record slightly different versions of the glorious prayer he taught his friends to use.

“One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.’ He said to them, ‘When you pray, say Our Father in heaven”  (Luke 11:12 Matthew 6:9)

The platform which all true prayer rests is to remember who you are and to remember to whom you are speaking to when you are praying. You are addressing not an admiral or a general, nor a president or a super hero, but your Father, your heavenly Father. You are related to him. He gave you birth and rebirth. He loves you more than you love your very own children. You may claim his attention with childlike confidence because he has publicly claimed you through your baptism.

When you pray, you are not filling out a grant request to a heavenly charitable foundation. You are talking to your Father. And he loves taking care of his children.

Praying_Hands007Our Father, who art 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 trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.

Amen

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