Scripture: Luke 11:1-4
1 He was praying in a certain place, and when he ceased, one of his disciples said to him, "Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples." 2 And he said to them, "When you pray, say: "Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. 3 Give us each day our daily bread; 4 and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive every one who is indebted to us; and lead us not into temptation."
Meditation: Do you pray with joy and confidence? The Jews
noted for their devotion to prayer. Formal prayer was prescribed
set times a day. And the rabbis had a prayer for every occasion.
also a custom for rabbis to teach their disciples a simple prayer
might use on a regular basis. Jesus' disciples ask him for such a
When Jesus taught his disciples to pray he gave them the
what we call the Our Father or Lord's Prayer.
What does Jesus' prayer tell us about God and about ourselves? First, it tells us that God is both Father in being the Creator and Author of all that he has made, the first origin of everything and transcendent authority, and he is eternally Father by his relationship to his only Son who, reciprocally is Son only in relation to his Father (Matthew 11:27). All fatherhood and motherhood is derived from him (Ephesians 3:14-15). In Jesus Christ we are reborn and become the adopted children of God (John 1:12-13; 3:3).
Jesus teaches us to address God as "our Father" and to
him for the things we need to live as his sons and daughters. We
God our Father with confidence and boldness because Jesus Christ
the way to heaven for us through his death and resurrection. When
God for help, he fortunately does not give us what we deserve.
he responds with grace and mercy. He is kind and forgiving towards
he expects us to treat our neighbor the same.
We can pray with expectant
faith because our heavenly Father truly loves each one of us and
treats us as his beloved children. He delights to give us what is
His love and grace transforms us and makes us like himself.
grace and power we can love and serve one another as Jesus taught
grace, mercy, and loving-kindness.
Do you treat others as they deserve, or do you treat them as the Lord Jesus would with grace and mercy? Jesus' prayer includes an injunction that we must ask God to forgive us in proportion as we forgive those who have wronged us. God's grace frees us from every form of anger, spite, resentment, envy, and hatred. Are you ready to forgive others as Jesus forgives you?
"Father in heaven, you have given me a mind to know you, a will to serve you, and a heart to love you. Give me today the grace and strength to embrace your holy will and fill my heart with your love that all my intentions and actions may be pleasing to you. Help me to be kind and forgiving towards my neighbor as you have been towards me".
3 be gracious to me, O Lord, for to you do I cry all the day.
4 Gladden the soul of your servant, for to you, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.
5 For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call on you.
6 Give ear, O LORD, to my prayer; hearken to my cry of supplication.
9 All the nations you have made shall come and bow down before you, O Lord, and shall glorify your name.
10 For you are great and do wondrous things, you alone are God.