“Your Father knows what you need before you ask” (Eyewitness Matthew 6:8b).
Eyewitness: p 68
In Your Bible: Matt 6:5-8, 13 -18; Luke 11:1-3
The disciples watched Jesus, saw what he did, heard what he said, and knew he prayed. They asked him to teach them to pray as John had taught his disciples. Yes, John the Baptizer taught his close followers many things including prayer. Jesus’ disciples eagerly wanted to know how to pray.
Pray This Way
Jesus taught what’s become known as the Lord’s Prayer (from Eyewitness Luke 11:2-4):
Our Father in Heaven, may your name be honored
May your Kingdom come and your will be done,
On earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us the bread we need for today.
Forgive our wrongs as we forgive the wrongs of others.
Keep us from temptation and protect us from evil. (Eyewitness Luke 11:2-4)
Prayer – Plain and Simple
- Find a quiet, secluded place.
- Be as simple and honest as you can.
- The focus will shift from you to God, and you will sense his grace.
- This is your Father in Heaven. He knows what you need better than you do.
Pray and Listen
Jesus calls believers to pray to our Father in Heaven. He loves us and wants to hear from us. This should bolster our courage to talk and pray with him. With God you we pray very simply.
Prayer: Father, help me take a fresh view of praying. I want to hear your voice as we spend time together.
Questions: You’ve probably heard, read, and said the Lord’s Prayer more times than you can count. How does this explanation help personalize your approach to the Father? How can you change a formal relationship with God to a private meaningful one?