Prayer is deeply relational; it draws us together in the presence of God. Jesus’ disciples asked him to “teach us to pray, as John (the Baptist) taught his disciples” (Luke 11:1). Jesus taught them to pray by teaching them a prayer, which has come to be known as the Lord’s Prayer.
Jesus’ model for prayer is both straightforward and confident in asking God for what is needed. Jesus invites us to pray like children addressing a loving parent, with the trust and confidence to ask directly and boldly. Jesus assures us that God knows our needs and responds to our prayers with love and mercy.
This message is an excerpt from “Prayers of the people” by Julie A. Kanarr in the May 2020 issue of Gather magazine. Today is the eleventh Sunday after Pentecost.