Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples.” He said to them, “When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come.”
The disciples of Jesus must have been impressed as they watched Him pray in quiet solitude. They wanted to know how they could have the same intimate connection with God. In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus first gave this instruction to his followers when they wanted to know how to pray: “When you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret.” He told them not to babble with many words because God already knows what you need. But when they didn’t seem to grasp this more contemplative way of praying, Jesus went on to give them a formal prayer that has come to be known as the “Our Father.” Sometimes we can all rattle-off the words to the prayer without giving much thought to what we are saying. We might ask ourselves if we truly mean what we are saying when we pray that God’s will be done “on earth as it is in heaven.” The only way God’s will can be done on earth…is if we cooperate. By the way each of us lives our lives…we can either help to build God’s kingdom…or ours.
Suggested song of the day– “You’ll Lead Me” on the Listen to Your Heart album.
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Remember…God loves you!