“He was praying in a certain place, and when He finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John also taught his disciples.”
He said to them, “Whenever you pray, say:
Your name be honored as holy.
Your kingdom come.
Give us each day our daily bread.
And forgive us our sins,
for we ourselves also forgive everyone
in debt to us.
And do not bring us into temptation.” (Luke 11:1-4)
These verses in Luke are part of the “Model Prayer” that Jesus shared with His disciples. The disciples asked Jesus about prayer and how they should pray. Jesus shares with them this short prayer as a model for how they should pray. They should acknowledge God the Father as holy. They should ask for daily provisions. They should ask for forgiveness and repent of their sins and to show forgiveness to others. And they should ask for help in dealing with temptation.
We all have times when we struggle to pray. Sometimes it is hard to have those moments to sit and pray. But the good thing is God listens to our prayers big or small. He wants us to have those conversations with Him. And thankfully when we’re struggling with prayer, we have this model prayer that Jesus shared to go back to and have a starting point.
This week, let us commit to prayer. No matter how big or small, let us take time to have those conversations with the Lord.