Matthew 6:9-13 (ESV)
Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, you will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil…
In the Gospels, the disciples had total access to Jesus during his ministry. They could have asked Jesus to teach them anything, they could have asked Him to teach them to walk on water, to heal the sick or even to raise the dead, yet the request they asked of Jesus was to teach them to pray. Prayer is the opening of one’s heart and soul in a conversation with God, an expression of faith in a relationship with God. Jesus Himself prayed often, as noted in the Gospel of Luke, He prayed before His baptism (3:21), after healing the sick (5:16), before choosing the twelve apostles (6:12), before the confession of Peter, that He was Christ (9:18) and at His transfiguration on the mountain (9:28), before the giving of the Lord’s Supper (22:14-20). These examples demonstrate that prayer should be a part of our daily practice.
In this time, we encourage you to continue to pray for each other, our families, our governmental leaders, locally and internationally.
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