Spires November 2017

Pray with Me Daily

Another Prayer Practice Designed by Jesus

Anne Pruett-Barnett, Senior Pastor

It is a prayer said by Christians around the world: The Lord’s Prayer! Just as Amazing Grace

is said to be one of the most recognizable songs, The Lord’s Prayer is said to be the most recognizable prayer and, thus, the most requested pray for all sorts of situations.

When Mark and I were serving as pastors in a county seat town, he was asked to officiate at a “double” wedding - the wedding of two sisters. I went to meet him one Friday night at the church following the rehearsal so that we could drive together to the rehearsal dinner.

As we walked out of the church to our cars, I was laughing and chatting with the brides’ grandmother when I heard a loud thump. As I turned in the direction of the thump, I saw the father of the bride on the ground. All too soon, we would discover he had a heart attack. Later that night, he would pass on to his heavenly home.

As the paramedics came and headed off to the hospital with him, I had the task of taking his mother (the brides’ grandmother) to the hospital. We had barely headed out when she asked me if I would pray with her. Immediately, I suggested The Lord’s Prayer. It was the one prayer I knew that I was certain we both knew.

As we prayed the words together, a sense of peace filled the car. When we finished, my prayer partner, who didn’t know if her son was alive or dead, said, “Whatever happens, I know now that everything will be all right.”

 

“Someone once approached a teacher and asked her how to cultivate a deeper prayer life. ‘Say the Lord’s Prayer,’ she replied, ‘but take an hour to say it.’” Far from being a quick, rote form, this prayer Jesus taught us can become a life-giving pattern for rich communion. Take the time now to slowly and meditatively pray the phrases of this prayer. Consider each clause an invitation to be specific and personal.” [taken from The Spiritual Formation Bible, Zondervan, 1999]

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name;

thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us.

Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours,

now and forever. Amen.

Over this month, I ask you to join me daily in praying this prayer at 7:00 a.m. Pray it boldly and discover why Jesus directed his followers to pray in this way! Let it be a life-giving pattern for rich communion.