Let Us Pray

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Children pray before church in Uganda.

"But He (Jesus) would often slip away to the wilderness to pray.” —Luke 5:16 (AMP)

I love this verse from Luke 5:16 because it shows that just like you and me, Jesus needed a break from the demands of his busy life to recharge his batteries and spend time with his Heavenly Father. The life of Christ is intended to give us examples we can follow and learn from. So, even though He was God incarnate, Jesus didn’t draw on his super powers as the Son of God when it came to facing life’s challenges. Instead, when he was exhausted or burdened or in need of spiritual refreshment, he would “slip away” to pray — plugging into the power, perception, and purpose that can only be found in God’s presence.

Prayer is one of the most powerful weapons God has given us, and looking ahead at 2017, I believe it has never been more important for God’s people to be on our knees. But knowing how to pray is not always easy. Jesus’ disciples felt the same confusion. They were familiar with the oft-repeated prayers of the Torah. But Jesus prayed with a kind of authority and power they had never seen before — as though God was listening! So when they came to Jesus, as told in Matthew 6, they didn’t say, “Teach us another prayer.” They said, “Lord, teach us to pray.”

The Lord’s Prayer is Christ’s response. It is a beautiful prayer and one that every Christian should hide in their heart — I just challenged my 8-year-old granddaughter to memorize it. But elegant as the words are, I do not believe Jesus intended it to become another ritualistic prayer.  Rather, it was to be an example of how to pray.

Photo© 2016 World Vision, Jon Warren

Text by Marilee Pierce Dunker, daughter of World Vision founder Bob Pierce

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