11 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.” 2 He said to them, “When you pray, say: “‘Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. 3 Give us each day our daily bread. 4 Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation.’”
One of Jesus disciples noted the way in which Jesus prayed. He may not have heard what was said but he knew Jesus had a special and deep relationship with his heavenly Father. The disciple also wanted to pray like this, hungry for a relationship with God. Jesus was willing to give him some direction.
The Lord’s prayer is a very well known piece of Scripture outlining and prioritising what we should include in our prayers.
It is interesting to note the order of items in the Lord’s prayer. Revering God’s holy name is first and then God’s will on earth. Our needs come in about half way! Reading this today has given me fresh perspective on honouring his name and praying his will on earth. At the same time it reminds me to bring God my own needs and to ask for forgiveness regularly.
Written by Ainslie Woods