Praying Like Jesus
Friday, January 18, 2008 - Patricia Allaf
One of the most foundational prayers is The Lords Prayer. As we recite ĎOur Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, they will be done on earth as it is in heavenÖĒ we must not only say these words but think about what we are saying.
We should use The Lordís Prayer the way Jesus intended. Let the words help you understand, and more importantly put your faith into action, that is, putting the words into practice. Three vital elements of prayer are praise, petition, and confession. Through this prayer Jesus models giving thanks to God, requesting help by sharing personal needs, both physical and spiritual. Jesus asks for the basic provisions in life: food, protection, and strength to be able to do what God wants us to do. He also prayed for the needs of others, and Jesus modeled how to ask for forgiveness.
As Jesus demonstrated through His words, prayer is simply inviting God to play an active role in your life. The Lordís Prayer is the most concrete lesson on prayer. Itís words so simple but yet so powerful. As we thankfully begin a New Year may we pray as Jesus did, inviting God to our hearts, and live The Lordís Prayer.