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.’”
I wonder just what the disciples were expecting Jesus to teach them? Perhaps they were expecting something like a secret password to unlock the power of God. Were they expecting something complicated? Were they really clueless about prayer after spending such a lot of time with Jesus?? But maybe it’s a reminder that no matter how close to God we are, or how long I have been a Christian it doesn’t hurt to be reminded how to approach Our Heavenly Father.
Jesus keeps it simple – glorify God and His purposes first. Acknowledge Gods provision in all things. Keep accounts short with God and treat others in the same way. Of course, there is more in the next verses, but it remains simple. I don’t need to make my relationship with God complex or difficult. It’s about being real. Knowing God is first and almighty. Knowing that I owe everything to Him and acknowledging that sometimes life is difficult (otherwise there wouldn’t be a need for mention of sin or temptation!). Maybe it wouldn’t hurt me to pray this prayer a little more often.
Heavenly Father. Praise your greatness and might. Help me to be part of your kingdom plans today. Thank you, Father, for my job and family, please bless them both. I thank you Lord for your forgiveness and confess the times I have not bought Glory to you. Give me your strength to walk your paths. In Jesus name. Amen
Written by Christine Knight