February 28, 2021
And he said to them, “When you pray, say: “Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread, and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation.” Luke 11:2-4
The brevity of Jesus’ model prayer is striking. The religious leaders were known for the verbose, pious prayers, but Jesus gets right to the point. We start with reverence and praise to the One who makes it all possible for us to be reconciled to him and to overcome the challenges of our fallen world. We then turn our attention to the growth of his kingdom and where he is calling us to serve. Lastly, we petition our Father to meet personal needs for provision, forgiveness, and protection. Following this order from macro to micro helps us gain perspective of our concerns and boosts our confidence that he will answer our prayers.
Father God, help us to pray with a perspective of who you are and how you are working in our world. Amen.
Rev. Gordon Green, M.Div., M.A. Counseling