Week 24 Sunday

When You Pray

Today’s scripture selection: Luke 11-12

Key Verse: Luke 11:2

     I’ve always loved the fact that it is recorded in the scriptures that Jesus’ disciples came to Him and made a simple but profound request:

     “Lord, teach us to pray.”

     In response, we have what has long been known as the “Lord’s Prayer.”

     “When you pray,” he tells them to

  • Acknowledge God has holy
  • Ask for “daily” bread
  • Ask for forgiveness
  • Ask for protection from temptation
  • And protection from the “evil one” – that is Satan.

It’s a pretty straightforward plan, isn’t it?

It sets his disciples, as those of us who regularly pray this prayer, on a very definite road.

It keeps our focus on God as holy; as the provider of our “daily” needs; and as our divine protector.

I love the fact that, no matter how complicated my life becomes, I can always count on this simple prayer plan to get things in proper perspective again.  It’s not complicated; no advance degree in theology is required.

All we have to do is be willing to recognize God as God – and the loving provider and guide – He is.

We human beings so often “over-think” things.

It’s nice to be reminded now and then that prayer, though profound and powerful, need not be a complicated.

It all begins with getting down on our knees and starting simply, but honestly, “Our Father, who art in heaven…”

Pray like that – regularly and devoutly – and miracles happen.


Prayer: Lord, you are holy.  Guide me as you would, and give me the courage to follow.  AMEN.




By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. Elpis is the Greek word meaning “expectant hope.” He also serves on the associate clinical staff of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Richmond, Virginia, both as a pastoral counselor and a ministerial assessment specialist, specializing in executive, clergy and relationship coaching. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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