Teach Us to Pray
August 11, 2015 | by: 0 Comments|
"What a man is alone on his knees before God, that he is - and no more."
Robert Murray McCheyne
Quotes like this make a Christian shudder. We are unable to simply dismiss it because we know it is true. Also, there will be a little guilt and some remorse for the quantity of prayerless hours, days, weeeks and months that characterize our lives. Our goal is not guilt about this reality. Our goal is to help one another and point toward a better way. So, how do we grow to pray more and find more joy doing it?
We feel the best way is following the model of Jesus. There are two gospel accounts of Jesus teaching His disciples to pray (Matthew 6 and Luke 11). In both accounts, Jesus uses a model prayer to teach His disciples to pray. This prayer is often called "The Lord's Prayer." We draw two conclusions: we learn to pray by praying and "The Lord's Prayer" teaches us to pray.
The Lord's Prayer
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.
For yours is the kingdom
And the power and the glory, Forever.
This is our plan and our request of you:
- We will spend seven Sundays (42 days) exploring and learning from Jesus how to pray. We ask you to join, engage and seek to grow.
- We ask you to memorize The Lord's Prayer.
- We ask you to pray The Lord's Prayer daily.
- We ask you to use The Lord's Prayer to shape more extended daily praying.
We look forward to growing in Christ with you.
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