Jesus' Prayer



Daily reading: Luke 11:1-4
June 22, 2015

Focus scripture: When he finished, one of his disciples said, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” Luke 11:1

We all have this inborn desire for God.  Prayer is our response to our belief in a God who cares deeply for each of us.

Jesus teaches the disciples the words to say to God in prayer, that ground them in a community of faith, that praises God and seeks for grace and forgiveness to be practiced, for bread to be sufficient for everyone and for us to be lead away from temptation.

These words then form the community.  They are not just words to say, but reflect a deeper understanding of God’s Kingdom and how we are to be active participants in it. 

While you may the prayer memorized and don’t take much thought in saying it, hear once again the radical nature of the words.

Prayer: Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name.  Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever.  Amen.

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