One of the most important elements in any relationship is communication. Prayer is just that: engaging God in a conversation, sharing our heart with Him, and spending time listening to His voice, both individually and in community.Daily Reflectionsgroup discussion guideDaily Reflections
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Jesus said, “Pray like this: Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy. May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us today the food we need, and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us. And don't let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one” (NLT) - Matthew 6:9-13
Prayer is our new Rhythm!
Here’s our summary: Prayer is our communication with God; acknowledging Him as our Lord, sharing our heart with Him, asking for His help, and listening to His voice, both individually and in community.
As we continue learning how to apprentice under Jesus, it’s important to note how He practiced the Rhythm of prayer.
Jesus continually modeled three patterns that can inform and shape how we pray:
John Ortberg describes how simply observing Jesus’ prayer life powerfully impacted people:
“Jesus’ first followers … had a front-row seat to watch the greatest pray-er whoever prayed. And they noticed that things happened when he prayed … (like how) Jesus looked forward to prayer and actually hungered for it. They saw that somehow prayer fed Jesus’ soul the way food fed their stomachs. They observed a richly interactive life between Jesus and his Father. They noticed that in crisis points ... his consistent response was to pray. They wanted to be nourished by prayer the way Jesus was. So they asked him to teach them. Here's the lesson: Prayer is a learned behavior. Nobody is born an expert at it. No one ever masters prayer.” (Ortberg, The Life You’ve Always Wanted: Spiritual Disciplines for Ordinary People, p. 95-96).
Wouldn’t it have been great to have a front-row seat — watching and learning from Jesus how to pray?
But today, if you’re feeling like a beginner when it comes to prayer, just know that many of us do, too!
Thankfully, that’s what Session 3 is all about — learning together how to pray more like Jesus!
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