If you then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the Father in heaven give the holy Spirit to those who ask him? Luke 11:13
Today Jesus teaches us to pray, giving us the shorter form of the Lord’s Prayer. There are four elements to this prayer.
First, we learn to call God, Father. This implies we are to be like innocent children before Him, trusting that He has our best interests in mind.
Second, we learn to glorify God, and to give Him reverence before all else. It is a good reminder to us, that when we put God first all else falls into place.
Third, it is only after we acknowledge God and glorify Him that it is right to make our petitions.
Fourth, all our needs can be met in praying the Lord’s Prayer. It covers our present needs, as we ask for our daily bread; like the Israelites gathering the manna in the desert, they were only to worry about the day. The prayer also covers our past sin as we ask forgiveness.
It also gives consideration for the difficulties of our life, the temptations and when tested in our faithfulness and integrity. Struggles are part of our human existence, but we do not need to go at them alone.
Today, let us pray the Our Father with attentive reverence, and truly place ourselves before our Lord in full trust that He is truly listening.
May God Bless You!