Why Pray this Way?

Saturday Afternoon Musings

Lord's Prayer Tattoo
Not my ink!

The garden is fenced in and ready for planting. The front driveway is edged and looking crisp. The compost pile is heating up and in the raised bed “greenhouse” the lettuce, spinach, onions, beets have all broken the surface while the carrots are still stalling their appearance.

So after tending the garden it was time for my first ride of double-digit miles of the year. The wind was brutal on the way out but a help on the way back. Just over 10 miles later, I arrived back home in need of a shower but with some new thoughts about why Jesus told us to pray the way he did in Matthew 6:9-13.

“Pray then like this: ‘Our Father …”

Why not “My Father …”?

What is the significance of teaching us that “Our Father” was the best way to begin to order our thoughts in prayer? Some thoughts …

  1. It reminds us that our truest self is ourself in community not as individuals.
  2. It reminds us that we are a part of a family.
  3. It reminds us that our brothers and sisters are praying with us.
  4. It reminds us that sometimes, our prayers, like our decisions need to be made for the betterment of the family rather than ourselves.

Which leads to this thought:

Make sure you ask questions when you read your Bible. A simple “why” can lead to new discoveries that just might deepen your personal walk with both God and the family of God.

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