He was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, 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. And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us. And do not bring us to the time of trial.” And he said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; for a friend of mine has arrived, and I have nothing to set before him.’ And he answers from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door has already been locked, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything.’ I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, at least because of his persistence he will get up and give him whatever he needs. “So I say to you, Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for a fish, will give a snake instead of a fish? Or if the child asks for an egg, will give a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (Luke 11:1-13, NRSV)
Teach us to pray…
Have you ever said this?
Have you ever prayed this?
Teach me to pray!
O dear lord, open my eyes and my heart so I am connected to you and know your spirit dwelling with me! Make me an instrument of your peace! Help me to hear you!
How many times are we asked to pray, and we shy away? Have you ever been in a group looking for someone to pray, and who do people look for, the pastor, the religious person. the person that knows how to pray. But do they really? Does anyone really? And prayer is something each of us must do on our own. You see prayer is nothing more than relationship conversation. It is your deepening of your relationship with God.
Jesus taught his disciples to pray, “Father…” I have a friend who starts every prayer with “daddy, or Daddy God…” Daddy. what a wonderful image, for me it makes me think of climbing up on my daddies lap and curling up there in his strong arms, knowing I was protected from all harm.
One summer I got shot by a pellet gun, not bad, the pellet just grazed my side, but I remember my daddy coming home from work that day and coming to my bedside and asking how I was, and then he asked me if I wanted to play a game with him. My daddy never asked me this before or after. But he cared for me and knew this would make me happy.
We who are evil know how to give good things to our children, and our heavenly Father knows all the more how to give us what we need.
So pray, and talk to your daddy in heaven! He will always be with you.