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.”
2 He said to them, “When you pray, say:
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come.
3 Give us each day our daily bread.
4 Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation.
I have heard these words from Luke 11 my entire life. I have this prayer memorized word for word in more than one translation of the Bible. However, it was only recently, while listening to the song Pray by More Than Rubies that I really let the words “teach us to pray” sink in deeply to my mind and heart.
Take a listen for yourself.
Teach us to pray.
Teach us how to speak to the God of the Universe.
And what does Jesus say?
Speak to him directly as you would to a father.
Trust in his name and his power to work in the world around you.
Trust him for the day to day – the minute and seemingly unimportant in this vast universe full of problems.
Ask him for forgiveness.
Ask him for the ability to forgive others.
Ask him to help you live in this forgiveness and not fall back into temptation.
It’s not incredibly complicated. It does not require the power of someone holier than you to talk for you.
It’s a conversation.
And yet the words “teach us to pray” keep going through my head. I keep turning the song back on to let it sink in a little further.
1 Thessalonians 5:17 says simply “pray continually.”
I am still learning to pray this way.
Letting him be a part of it all.
This is my prayer this week.
Lord, teach me to pray.