Lord, Teach Us
Scripture selection: Luke 11:1
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.” He said to them, “When you pray, say: “‘Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation.’
It’s such a lovely request. “Lord, teach us to pray.”
Have you ever thought about what questions you would like to ask the Lord? Would you, given the chance, ask him about
- How the universe came to be
- Why there is so much suffering in the world
- What you are meant to do with your life
- Where you perfect “soul mate” can be found?
- What the future holds?
- What the past means?
- Or a thousand other questions?
One of Jesus’ disciples, given the chance, made a simple, powerful request: “Lord, teach us to pray.”
So Jesus did – and the result has comforted people for thousands of years – is repeated over and over again every single day around the world.
The Lord’s Prayer perfectly points us to how to honor God, ask for our “daily” bread, guides us into a life of forgiveness and love, and helps protect us from temptation.
It is a model prayer and while there are as many ways to pray as there are different people in the world – it leads us simply and profoundly to a daily walk with God.
What would you ask the Lord if given the chance?
I suggest you begin the conversation with a simple word of prayer that begins: “Our Father….”