Luke 11-12~ Day 28~ "When you pray, say...."
When I had my babies, my husband and I decided we were going to dedicate them to the Lord at our nondenominational church. However, my parents, being Lutheran, wanted them baptized as infants. In order to avoid anguish of heart, we returned to the church I grew up in and baptized each one.
Listening to the words given by the pastor, it was basically a ceremony where the parents promise to raise the child to know about Christ. That seemed like a dedication to me!! One promise that I had to respond with “I do”, was to teach my child the Lord’s prayer. That was one promise I knew I could keep, and I did! It was an easy promise because I love the example Jesus gave to his disciples on how to pray! (11:2-4)
There are times that I just can’t come up with the words I want or need to say to my Lord. It’s at those times, I think of his prayer. This prayer has a way of putting my mind in order!
1.) Put God on his throne!
2.) Realize I am dependent on him for everything, everyday!!
3.) Remember that I am forgiven, so extend forgiveness to others!
4.) Remember there is a spiritual battle and I need Jesus to help me fight that battle.
5.) And in Matthew’s version (6:9-13), remember Jesus is coming back!!
It was always so precious hearing my little kids, with their sweet little voices recite the Lord’s prayer. I can imagine our Heavenly Father, hearing us pray a similar outline, thinks we sound sweet too!
What did you get out of the reading today?