Read: Luke 11v1– 4
One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he 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.
Give us each day our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.
And lead us not into temptation.’ "
Meditate: Prayer, from our perspective, is like chopping at a tree. For 99 strokes of the axe, the main trunk seems to stand firm. Then, on the 100th stroke, suddenly it keels over. It is not that God needs ‘weakening’ but for all sorts of reasons we can’t see, things have to take the time they have to take. However you pray it, the Lord’s Prayer starts with the simple acknowledgement “God’s way and God’s time is best.”
Pray & Engage: Pray the Lord’s Prayer today at 9am, 12pm, 3pm, 6pm, and 9pm. Think particularly about the words, “Hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come, thy will be done.” Imagine what it will be like when God’s kingdom is here on earth as it is in heaven.