“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."Luke 11:1
When that one disciple asked Jesus to teach him and the others to pray, had he struggled with prayer as you and I do? Did his mind wander? Did he search for the right words? Did he wonder if prayer made a difference? Did he feel guilty for even having those doubts?
Jesus’ brief, beautiful prayer recorded for us in Matthew 6 and Luke 11 gives us a structure to use in our own prayer time. The Lord’s Prayer might be a part of how you talk with God day in and day out. Prayers found in the Psalms may express just what you want to say. Or perhaps you’ve found prayers of others (in books like The Valley of Vision) to be helpful in guiding your thoughts. You might incorporate into your prayer phrases you remember your own grandfather or grandmother praying.
In this month’s Anchor, use the written prayer of each day as a starting point for your own personal time with the Lord. Then put before God your requests for the problems you know of, for friends and family members in need, and for the agonies of your own heart.
Before you say, “Amen,” adore God for who He is, confess your sins to Him, thank Him, and let your request be made known to Him.
Bible In A Year
- Jeremiah 41-42
- Psalm 122
- 1 Corinthians 16