He said to them, “When you pray, say: ‘Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation.'”
Jesus taught His disciples this prayer as an example, one they could pray themselves, and to teach them what prayer was about. The main lesson isn’t so much what we say or how we say it, but that we connect with God to share. It’s all about relating to Him on a regular basis.
Jesus taught us that praying together in worship was important, and private prayer as well. He said that we are able to ask God for what we need – our daily bread and forgiveness for sins. God is ready to listen and respond whenever we come to Him in prayer, already knowing what we will ask, but making us part of the process through prayer.
Is prayer a regular part of your daily life? If not, this simple but profound prayer can be a starting point. Go to God with the things that burden you and leave them with Him through prayer.
Heavenly Father, sometimes we don’t know how or where to begin with our prayers. Help us to understand there’s no wrong way or wrong time to pray. Amen.