How to Pray? (@vahva)

 Bryony has been following #bigread2011, and is blogging some of her thoughts. This one yesterday caught my eye, as one of the challenges in the @12baskets newsletter was to think about how we should pray, and whether there are tips that people have about praying.  Here Bryony, having discussed the need to not be thoughtlessly formulaic, but think about what we are saying (whether using new or old forms of words) looks at the Lord’s Prayer:
Our Father in Heaven
– Here we are saying God is real, He is there and He is interested in us and loves us
hallowed be your name,
 –      This means that God is holy, His name is holy and powerful and when we pray in His name we are invoking his power

your kingdom come,

–      This means to let God be in charge of our world, let God’s rules reign, not ours

your will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

–      Again, this is saying ‘God’s way, not our way’

Give us today our daily bread.

–      We recognise that God knows our physical needs and will supply them

And forgive us our debts,

–      We acknowledge that we have let God down and those around us and we’re sorry

as we also have forgiven our debtors.

–      We accept that others are just as flawed as us and we forgive them

And lead us not into temptation,

–      We ask God to help us not to turn to things that can’t satisfy but instead to focus on Him

but deliver us from the evil one.

–      We pray for protection knowing that Jesus has defeated evil


See also a deeply theological reflection by David Bunce.

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