4th Tuesday in Lent
Before we explain the Lord’s Prayer part by part, the most necessary thing is to exhort and encourage people to pray, as Christ and the apostles also did. The First thing you need to know is this: It is our duty to pray because of God’s command. For we heard in the Second Commandment, “You are not to take the Lord’s name in vain.” Thereby we are required to praise the holy name and to pray or call upon it in every need. For calling upon it is nothing else than praying. Prayer, therefore, is as strictly and solemnly commanded as all the other commandments . . . lest anyone thinks it makes no difference whether I pray or not . . .
7Ask, and it shall be given you; search, and you shall find; knock, and the door shall opened for you. 8For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened .9Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for bread, will give a stone? 10Or if the child asks for a fish, will give a snake? 11If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him! Matthew 7:7-11
SILENCE FOR MEDITATION
Martin Luther had four reasons to pray:
- God has commanded us to pray- ” for the second commandment teaches that you shall not swear, curse or conjure , but call upon the name of God in every time of need, pray, praise and exalt him.”
- God has promised to hear our prayers
- The Lord has taught us the very words to pray-gave us the word
- We have such need of His help and aid.
“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer”
I often hear many people of all ages say they don’t know how to pray- this was often heard when I taught Sunday school. My thought was always the same: it is just another word for talk! If you can talk or think you can pray. Do you know how to thank someone or praise someone for work well done, or just being there for you? Do you know how to ask for food? Do you speak to your parents? Then you know how to speak to God. It doesn’t need to rhyme as in rote prayers that we learned as child, not there is anything wrong with that. It needs to be from the heart. It doesn’t need to be long either. In fact I read somewhere that Luther said a short prayer was best. We need to show respect and honor for our Heavenly Father, thank Him for our many blessings and ask for whatever you need or for others.
I talk to God in the car, making the bed, at dinner or just sitting. Everyday life and also in extreme areas of our life- illness etc.
It comes in all forms with praises like in songs, for thankfulness or for help.
Then you must listen!
He hears our prayers 24/7 anywhere in the world you are. That is the greatest 911 call you could ever make!
Dear Lord, I thank you for all our blessings of everyday life. I thank you for coming to earth and knowing the struggle yet giving your life to save us. Help us to listen to you and show your light in this earthly world. Help us to know and understand your word. I love you Lord Jesus. Amen
Put a coin your bank each time you tell or write someone how special they are.