Friday, July 26, 2013

Lord, Teach Us to Pray

Jesus used an intimate word in the prayer we know today as “The Lord's Prayer” or “The Our Father.” He used the word “Abba” which is a word a child uses when calling out to a loving Daddy.

But the prayer also recognizes God’s holy name and exalted place. God is not our buddy, just because Jesus taught us the intimate relationship of Fatherhood. God is still the God, the sovereign Lord of all creation and all history. The prayer gives us permission and instruction to go to God continually in a spirit of confession, petition, dependence, and hope. This model prayer gives guidance to our spirit that it is God to whom we can go with our worship, our physical needs and our spiritual failures.

The most mature Christian follower still recites and prays this prayer as part of a daily discipline. It is the starting place for prayer but also the finish line of life’s prayer marathon.

- Deacon Robert

“The heart is drawn towards what it loves most. The heart of a good
  Christian turns towards Heaven, where God is, who is his treasure.”
- The Cure D’Ars