Has Anyone Ever Asked You This?

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Will you teach me to pray? That’s a tough question to answer, right? I can’t personally remember a recent time when someone has asked me that question. But it was a request made of Jesus . . . and I’m thankful for the disciple who made it (whoever he was!), because Jesus was — and still is — eager to teach us important things like prayer. His answer to the request was simple: we call it The Lord’s Prayer.

Luke’s Gospel says, “Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray.'”

I think that this suggests a few things:

  • Jesus’ dedication to prayer made it attractive
  • Jesus’ style of prayer made it attractive

But we can also gather a few general things from The Lord’s Prayer itself:

  • Prayer should center on God (“Our Father, hallowed by your name”)
  • Prayer should acknowledge God’s provisions (“Give us each day our daily bread”)
  • Prayer should recognize the importance of forgiveness (“Forgive us . . . for we ourselves forgive”)

I know that you didn’t ask, but nevertheless I hope that this short thought has helped excite and educate your prayer life. Prayer was so important to Jesus, and so well demonstrated by Him, that it positively affected those around Him. May our prayer lives have the same effect!

Blessings,

Joe

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