“Lord, teach us to pray…”
ďLord, teach us to prayĒ implored one of Jesusí disciples after hearing him pray (Lk. 11:1). The disciples had witnessed Jesusí personal magnetism and empowered mission that emanated from regular intimate communion with His Father, which surely prompted this request. In response, Jesus gave the Lordís Prayer that, by the end of the first century, was being prayed three times daily by many. Since then, it has been the most repeated Christian prayer for nearly 2,000 years.
But how can we pray this prayer without it becoming rote repetition that leaves our hearts untouched? Jesus warned about such vain repetition (Mt. 6: 7). One way is to pray it phrase by phrase with 5 seconds or more of silence between each phrase. This gives the Holy Spirit space to fill our hearts and minds with an awareness of Godís presence and power and what He may be saying to us through the prayerís words. After praying it for yourself, you may wish to pray it for another person(s). Some like to journal reflections after praying the Lordís Prayer in this fashion.
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