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Listen. Prayer is a two-way conversation with God. Last week we learned silence to help us listen to God, but how do we respond back to him? Jesus’ answer to this question is what we call the Lord’s Prayer (Luke 11:2-4).
The Lord’s Prayer is patterned after what Jesus identified as the Great Commandment: “’Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” (Luke 10:27)
The Lord’s Prayer is broken up into two parts. The first part is how we love God through prayer. Because we love God, we worship him and we surrender to what he wants. Because we love our neighbor, their needs are as important as our needs. Therefore we pray for our daily needs, our forgiveness as we forgive others, and our protection from temptation and the evil one. Jesus gives us an outline for our prayers to God with the Lord’s Prayer.
Jesus also teaches us to pray with an attitude. We are to pray with the same shameless persistence as someone who bangs on his neighbor’s door at midnight. We also pray to our perfect heavenly Father who knows how to give good gifts to his children. The best gift is the Holy Spirit.
Reflection. Jesus outlines prayer as love God [worship,, surrender] and love neighbor [ daily needs, forgiveness, and protection]. How many of these different parts to do you include in your prayers? What do you normally include? What do you sometimes miss? With what kind of an attitude do you pray?
Set Goals. Be sure to make these goals personal, specific, and realistic.
- How can you make praying through the outline and attitude of the Lord’s Prayer part of your daily life?
- Who is someone in your life that you will teach this to?
Outline of the Lord’s Prayer
Because we love God …
- We worship him (hallowed be your name).
- We surrender to his will. We want what he wants (your kingdom come, your will be done).
Because we love our neighbor as ourselves …
- We ask for our daily needs (daily bread).
- We ask for forgiveness as we forgive others.
- We ask for protection from temptation and the evil one.