Prayer: Let’s Talk About It
Prayer was a topic of discussion at a conference I attended some years ago. I would like to share some material with you from that conference because I believe it is still relevant today.
From the devotional material, they would like us to look at a passage of scripture. I can wait for you to get your Bible if you wish. Sorry folks, I’m still fond of holding the actual Bible in my hands.
Check it out.
Luke 11:1-4, “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.”
This is a passage of scripture that may be familiar to some, but foreign to others. We find the Lord’s prayer in the book of Matthew as part of the Sermon on the Mount and here in Luke.
Let’s break it down
As we see in verse 1, Jesus is praying. Jesus made prayer a regular practice for himself. One of the disciples asks Jesus to teach them to pray. This is a request of the disciples for a specific prayer they can pray.
Commonly known as “The Lords Prayer,” it might help in understanding this passage if we think of it as “The Disciples Prayer.” The model prayer Jesus outlines for His disciples emphasizes the relationship that Christians have as they see God as their Father.
We all have people that we respect and honor in our lives. When Jesus says, “Father, hallowed be your name,” He is doing just that. “Hallowed be your name” is a request to honor God’s name and reputation, showing us how the Lord should be treated with reverence.
“Your kingdom come” is praying that God’s rule and reign would continue to advance in the hearts of the people (verse 2).”
Take some time now to pray for those who need salvation. Ask the Lord for opportunities to share the Gospel with them.
Tomorrow, I’ll share part #2 of the conference material.
Father today show us those in our midst who don’t know you as their personal Lord and Savior. Lord, we have good news to share, news of the saving gospel of Jesus Christ; Good news of a loving Father in heaven who loved us so much he sent his son to die on the cross, shedding his blood for the forgiveness of our sins, so that we may have eternal life.
Lord, we have been given a mission on this earth to tell people about the gift you provided and the message it brings. Help us to be bold in our faith, to take the next step, to do the next right thing so we may bring glory to you, O Lord! In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.