21 June 2018
Want to know the secret?
When the disciples asked Jesus to pray, He taught them the Lord’s Prayer (or the Our Father). This prayer isn’t meant to be imitated, but to guide our communication with God grounded in five things:
Call to praise and worship
“Our Father Who art in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.”
Call to align our will with God’s will
“Your kingdom come, Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven.”
Ask for your needs and the needs of others
“Give us this day our daily bread.”
Ask for forgiveness
“Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.”
Ask for grace, especially in the face of temptation
“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”
Above all, the Lord’s Prayer is a call of surrender. It allows the desires of our hearts to be heard by God, and His grace flows into our lives. In essence, Jesus teaches us the simplest and most effective way to share in our relationship with Him.
Too often prayer is a reflection of our own goals. Most of these present themselves as important, warranting a breakthrough in our lives. But, the breakthrough is overrated. What Jesus is teaching us is to pursue this relationship patiently. That’s the secret.