Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Weekly Prayer Thought

"In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name."
Matthew 6.9

Prayer requires a lot of work. It is not easy and that is why so many people struggle with it. But now I am going to making uncomfortable. In the most familiar Christian prayer in the world, Jesus begins with the words, "Our Father." I know that it is tempting (and easy) to focus on the intimacy of Jesus calling God his Father. And although that is important, I want you to pay special attention to the "Our" in the prayer.

Our is always a plural word. In the English language there is never a time when you can use our in the singular. Therefore, when Jesus instructs us to pray "Our," He is asking us to pray with others. When we pray together we can rightfully use our.

Finally, remember that there is extra power available when Christians pray together. What a waste if we don't pray together.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on us. We need you to work in our lives so that we can learn to pray together. Give us courage to find prayer partners, prayer teams and prayer meetings that we can join. Help us this day, and always, to pray in ways that will be pleasing to you. Amen.

1 comment:

Paula said...

Thank you so much for this post. Prayer is so important to me. Corporate prayer is too. I believe there is, as you say, extra power available as we come together to pray. "Where two or more are gathered.." May He direct us to those we should be joined with in prayer.
May His power be displayed as a result of our obedience.