The power of the Lord's prayer
Prayer comes more naturally to some than others.
Some of us (mea culpa) pray more earnestly when times are complex, and although I have a great testimony of the power of prayer, I confess that I must work at generating a more meaningful pattern.
I am making progress though, and have begun to think of prayer as almost invisible vibrations from our soul that God can tune into in some marvelous unexplained way. A bit like tuning into a radio station.
Jesus gave us a wonderful resource to help our prayer; most Christians know it by heart; it is called The Lord’s Prayer.
In this prayer, Jesus gives us a clear structure of praying.
First, we bless God and pray for our world, our communities, and our lives to be shaped by God’s will;
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Next, we pray for daily needs to be met;
Give us today our daily bread.
Then for forgiveness for wrongdoings, strength to resist temptation and protection from danger;
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those, who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
We end by giving praise to God;
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and forever.
Find out more here at the Church of England’s website.