“Lord, teach us to pray…”
“Lord, teach us to pray” implored one of Jesus’ disciples after hearing him pray (Lk. 11:1). The disciples had witnessed Jesus’ personal magnetism and empowered mission that emanated from regular intimate communion with His Father, which surely prompted this request. In response, Jesus gave the Lord’s 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 God’s presence and power and what He may be saying to us through the prayer’s words. After praying it for yourself, you may wish to pray it for another person(s). Some like to journal reflections after praying the Lord’s Prayer in this fashion.
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