Teach Us To Pray

This post first appeared at Nonpropria website

Have you ever said something so much or so often that over time it began to lose meaning? Maybe it happened slowly over time that you didn’t even realize it. Our words carry meaning but when we repeat something over and over it can be easy for us to lose the meaning. I realized a few years ago that the Lord’s Prayer had become this way for me.

I grew up attending a Presbyterian church where the Lord’s Prayer was said together weekly during the worship service. Each week at about the same point in the service we would stand, say it and sit back down. And that was really that. The other churches I have attended since my teenage years have been similar. Many churches say it weekly or monthly during or around communion. But oftentimes we fly right through these words that we have said so often that they have lost all meaning or intention to us.

C.H. Spurgeon once said that “the best style of prayer is that which cannot be called anything else but a cry.” When I hear this I don’t think my repeating of the Lord’s Prayer in worship could be defined as ‘crying out for Him.’ But it should be! We need God. We thirst for God. We hunger for God. And in our need, prayer is how we cry out for God sometimes through literal tears and cries. We see in Matthew 6 and Luke 11 a few short sentences from Jesus that have incredible meaning and significance. The disciples asked Jesus something so simple but so important to His followers: “Lord, teach us to pray.”

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