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.




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