Prayer


by Mike Ratliff

1Now Jesus [1] was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, g as John taught his disciples.” 2 And he said to them, h “When you pray, say:i “Father, j hallowed be k your name.
l Your kingdom come. m Give us n each day our daily bread, [2] 4 and o forgive us our sins,
for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
And p lead us not into temptation.” (Luke 11: 1-4 ESV)

Prayer is a vital part of our Christian walk before the face of God. I have never met a mature Christian who was at peace with the consistency or depth of his or her praying. Sacred Scripture says that God commands His people to pray. I have often wondered why God wants us to pray since He knows everything already. He knows what we need already the Word says so why should we have to pray, asking Him for what we need? Prayer is communication. It is also a benchmark of our Christian maturity. God uses prayer to reveal many things to us about ourselves. He also uses it to grow us in faith and line up our wills with His. Let us look at this time at that part of our Lord’s Sermon on the Mount in which He gave us what has come to be known as The Lord’s Prayer. Continue reading