“One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.’”Luke 11:1
It seems that every believer has struggled at some point to find words in prayer. Sometimes we’re at a loss for what to pray. For others the problem is not even knowing how to pray. We may feel like young Huckleberry Finn who could not figure out prayer. Miss Watson had told him to pray every day, and whatever he would ask for he would get. Since praying never got him the fishing hooks he asked for, he gave it up and “couldn’t make it out no way.”
Jesus’ own disciples struggled with it, too. If they were alive today, they’d find bookstore shelves filled with volumes on how to pray. But since they were walking right alongside of the Savior Himself, they simply asked Him. And He gave them the very words of a prayer that would do well to teach them.
Nearly everyone knows the Lord’s Prayer —even those who aren’t church going or who consider themselves as Huck did to be “ignorant and so kind of low-down and ornery” about religion. Somehow this prayer—the very words of Jesus—has found its way into many a memory and heart.
When we pray the Lord’s Prayer, it is an offering of the voice of Jesus, a declaration of belonging to Him, and a pronunciation of the lessons he wants us to know.