Luke 11:1 Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.” (NKJ)
The disciples were used to seeing the Pharacies praying their ritualistic prayers several times a day in the temple, in the market, on the main street corners. But Jesus prayed differently. He slipped off to private places by Himself. He did not go through the ritualistic prayers like the other rabbis. The disciples wanted to be like Jesus, a goal that carries on to Christ followers today.
What Jesus taught them has come to be known as the “Lord’s Prayer”. Jesus did not mean for this prayer to become just another ritualistic prayer to pray. The Lord’s Prayer was not a “what” to pray, but a “how” to pray. In essence the Lord’s Pray is an outline for talking to God.
This rest of the week we will break the first half of the prayer down and use it as an outline for our prayers this week. Today pray the Lord’s Prayer, but instead of just saying the words, say it slow and think about what you are saying and what you are asking God for when you pray these words.
‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. (NIV)