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.