“Jesus, Teach Us To Pray! Please.”

This Sunday is another opportunity to gather together to learn about all that Jesus taught…so that we can obey him (don’t forget Matthew 28:18-20 is a lifelong process!).

We’ll be looking at Luke 11:1-13 when Jesus’ disciples asked him to teach them how to pray…and he did. Here we find what we normally call “The Lord’s Prayer”, but perhaps would be more accurately called “The Disciples’ Prayer.” These words reflect a pattern of prayer that our Lord taught his disciples. What Jesus’ disciples then and now should learn from Jesus is not only what to pray, but how to pray.

So to prepare for Gathered Worship Sunday, take a take a few moments to consider just what we are praying for when we pray the Lord’s/Disciples’ Prayer.

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.

Help us to really know you,

to bless, worship, and praise you

for all your works

and for all that shines forth from them:

your almighty power, wisdom, kindness,

justice, mercy, and truth.

Help us to direct all our living—

what we think, say, and do—

so that your name will never be blasphemed because of us

but always honored and praised.

Your kingdom come.

Rule us by your Word and Spirit in such a way

that more and more we submit to you.

Keep your church strong, and add to it.

Destroy the devil’s work;

destroy every force that revolts against you

and every conspiracy against your Word.

Do this until your kingdom is so complete and perfect

that in it you are all in all.

Your will be done on earth as in heaven.

Help us and all people

to reject our own wills

and to obey your will without any back talk.

Your will alone is good.

Help us one and all to carry out the work we are called to,

as willingly and faithfully as the angels in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Do take care of all our physical needs

so that we come to know

that you are the only source of everything good,

and that neither our work and worry

nor your gifts

can do us any good without your blessing.

And so help us to give up our trust in creatures

and to put trust in you alone.

Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.

Because of Christ’s blood,

do not hold against us, poor sinners that we are,

any of the sins we do

or the evil that constantly clings to us.

Forgive us, just as we are fully determined,

as evidence of your grace in us,

to forgive our neighbors.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

By ourselves we are too weak

to hold our own even for a moment.

And our sworn enemies—

the devil, the world, and our own flesh—

never stop attacking us.

And so, Lord,

uphold us and make us strong

with the strength of your Holy Spirit,

so that we may not go down to defeat

in this spiritual struggle,

but may firmly resist our enemies

until we finally win the complete victory.

For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.

We have made all these requests of you

because, as our all-powerful King,

you not only want to,

but are able to give us all that is good;

and because your holy name,

and not we ourselves,

should receive all the praise, forever.

It is even more sure that you listen to our prayer,

than that we really desire what we pray for. Amen.

—based on Heidelberg Catechism, Q&A’s 119, 122-129


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