Some people (perhaps many, perhaps you?) don’t pray as much as they’d like because they don’t know what to pray for. This is in part what led Jesus’ disciples to ask Him, "Lord, teach us to pray." (Luke 11:1) Jesus then teaches them what has come to be known as 'The Lord’s Prayer.' With it we ask God to take action in the world for the sake of His name, His kingdom, and His will – that His Word be faithfully proclaimed, believed on, and lived out among us. With it we ask for all that we need for bodily life in one simple sentence. With it we ask for God’s limitless forgiveness, and that we would give the same forgiveness to those who wrong us. With it we ask for protection against all the devil would use to tear us apart and lead us into doubt and unbelief.
But how can we call upon the Holy God as "our Father in heaven"? God’s Word tells us, "You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus." (Galatians 3:26) Through faith in the One who paid for all of our sins, we have a place in God's family! So He tenderly invites us to pray to Him as "our Father in heaven," just as boldly and confidently as dear children ask their dear father. The Lord’s Prayer is the prayer of the family of God, the prayer of children who know God as their Father. …THE LORD’S PRAYER IS YOUR PRAYER.
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Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church
Daniel is the Staff Minister at Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, El Paso TX.