Sunday, February 13, 2011

Bread For the Journey -The Lord's Prayer



Our Father, who is in Heaven
Hallowed be your name.
Your Kingdom come Your will be done
On earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our Daily Bread
And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors,
And lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory
Forever.
Amen.

As the disciples walked each day with Jesus,
they must have seen the importance and value of prayer first hand.

They asked Jesus to teach them to pray and He responded with the Lord's Prayer.
(Matthew 6:9-13; Luke 11: 2-4)

Have you felt, like I do at times, that your prayers are ineffective or worse, not heard at all?

A book that came highly recommended to me is Andrew Murray's classic:
"With Christ in the School of Prayer".
He urges those of us who long to have a vital and effective prayer life
to follow the disciples' example; to go to Christ
and ask Him to be our teacher.

Something I had not realized is that God was never addressed as 'Father" in the Old
Testament. To the Israelites he was a Holy, Holy God, a God of judgement
and approachable only through a priest.
However when Christ came to earth as a man,
He introduced us to the concept of God as our Father -
an "Abba" father - totally approachable because of Christ's death on the cross.

He is our loving, compassionate and understanding Father.
If we submit to Him as His child, He will teach us all we long to learn.
He will gladly give us what we ask for and like a wise father,
He knows better than we do what we need.

I have so much to learn about Prayer.
Why don't you join me in the "School of Prayer" and ask God to be our teacher?









14 comments:

  1. Thank You Bev, That was beautiful. Prayer is so important and to pray effectively. I love The Lord's Prayer it covers all the angles. May God Bless You.Tracy from Sask.

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  2. I am a lurker, but today, I totally needed that. Thank you and many Blessings.

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  3. Thank you Bev...I will join you in the school of prayer. I have felt like you at times. Thanks for the book suggestion.

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  4. Oh wie wunderschön!Danke für das vater unser.betten ist wichtig.
    Schöne Woche.Bussi.Lu.

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  5. Amen. What a good challenge to go to the one who can teach us to pray. Thank you...

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  6. God bless you and your's,Bev.How merciful IS our Father in heaven.I too will ask Jesus to show me how to pray!

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  7. thank you, that was lovely <3

    -meg
    @ http://www.myscribblednotebook.blogspot.com
    @ http://www.clutzycooking.blogspot.com

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  8. Hi Bev, Prayer is what this whole wide World need..

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  9. Bev...your BFTJ couldn't have been more timely! Our message in church this morning was about The Lord's Prayer...and specifically about the intimate term 'Father'. He is approachable, compassionate and loving. He wants us to converse with Him...He teaches us how.

    Thanks, Bev.

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  10. One of my very favorite scriptures, and certainly one of the better known ones. Thank you for reminding me of this today.

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  11. So beautiful .. thank you very much

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  12. My favorite prayer......thank you.

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