And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples. And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. Give us day by day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. (Luke 11:1-4)
Today's Morsel: Many people have said that when Jesus' disciple said to Him, "Lord, teach us to pray," that the pray that Jesus taught them, which some call the Lord's prayer, was a model or an example of how we should pray and not what to pray. But what if what Jesus said, was what He meant? What if this was exactly what Jesus wanted us to do? Would we be wrong if we prayed this prayer? Is there a problem if we pray exactly as it is written in the Bible? Will God not hear us if we pray that way? Paul said, "But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ" (2 Corinthians 11:3). Jesus didn't make things hard. He kept them simple. The reason many people don't know how to pray is because they make it hard to pray. Prayer is very simply communication. It is you listening to God and God listening to you. It is a two-way street; traffic (communication) going both ways. Jesus never said to Peter "Could you not pray one hour." What he actually said was, "What, could ye not watch with me one hour?"(Matthew 26:40). A big difference. There are no time limits as to how long you should pray. The Bible doesn't tell us how long people prayed, just that they prayed. I do believe, however, that when we have a true relationship with Jesus, we will pray and that our prayers may often times exceed an hour. Let me encourage you, don't make the things of God hard. He made them simple and easy so that we would understand and keep our life simple. But if we make thing hard, it's going to make our walk with Him harder.
Sing: Whisper a prayer in the morning. Whisper a pray at noon. Whisper a prayer in the evening, so keep your heart in tune!