"Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he had finished,
one of his disciples said to him,
'Lord, teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples.'
He said to them, 'When you pray, say:
Father, hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come.
Give us each day our daily bread
and forgive us our sins
for we ourselves forgive everyone in debt to us,
and do not subject us to the final test."
"Ask and you will receive;
seek and you will find;
knock and the door will be opened to you."
Jesus was simply trying to show his friends how to converse with God. To do this he had to manifest the deepest longings of his own heart by giving the discples and us a glimpse into his intimate life with the Father. Jesus poured himself into these words with his whole heart, mind, soul and strength to show his disciples how they, too, must offer themselves to God when they pray.
What can you do to pray the Lord's Prayer so that it will be more in keeping with Jesus' original intention of fostering an intimate relationship with God?
Resolve to make a renewed effort to grow in the practice of prayer. Design for yourself a daily schedule that includes a set time for prayer.