In class this week, Somer Phoebus opened up with a simple question for us:
What is prayer?
The chat tab lit up almost in unison with: “talking to God.”
That was not a surprise, seeing how most believers grew up hearing that definition of prayer. And it’s not wrong. But it’s also not 100% right. We know that because when one of the disciples asked Jesus to teach him how to pray, Jesus didn’t respond with, “We’re doing it right now. What’s up?” Jesus responded with The Lord’s Prayer (Luke 11:1-4 + Matthew 6:9-13).
So as we walked through The Lord’s Prayer, Somer simplified and made clear exactly what it looks like to pray the way Jesus himself taught His disciples to pray.
Here’s the simple [but powerful] breakdown:
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your Name
Father, show us Who you are. Make Yourself known to us in the most real way.
Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven
I choose your way! Make things right in our world. Bring Heaven down.
Give us each day our daily bread
Sustain us with exactly what we need for today. No more, no less.
And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors
Forgive us first, and then through Your example, help us to forgive others.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil
Keep sin and Satan as far away from us as possible. Put Yourself between us.
So the next time you begin to pray, try opening with your own version of The Lord’s Prayer. If it was important enough for the disciples to learn, it’s probably important enough for us.
Pray big and pray bold swHw! We love you!
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