Here’s something you already know: prayer is crucial to growing in our relationship with God. There are many Bible verses on prayer but I like the one in Colossians when Paul instructs the Church in Colossae to ‘devote [themselves] to prayer, being watchful and thankful’. There is a huge richness in the many ways we can pray (see our 52 Ways to Pray blog series!), but, as Jesus identifies in Matthew 6, we can often just be really verbose to ensure that God will hear us. Jesus reminded us that that’s not how it works! In verse 8 He says: “your Father knows what you need before you ask him,” so instead He gives us a prayer.
“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.’”
You’ll know this one. If your school chapel is/was anything like mine, you could say that prayer off by heart and not think about it. For me though, that was the problem! We have this great prayer for the whole Church (notice it’s all about ‘Our Father’ and ‘Give us today our daily bread’) but so often I try and pray each day without thinking of the way Jesus taught us to pray. I want to challenge you to reflect on those verses above and then email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any fresh insights you’ve had. I’d love to hear your thoughts!
All the best,