Teach Me to Pray: Introduction

Every Sunday my mouth moved as though on autopilot, repeating the words embedded in my mind. Emotionless, my mind wandered throughout the prayer. I had no connection to the meaning, but followed along to avoid any repercussions from not participating. 

As I grew older, and away from church, the words I once repeated without thought became lost in the recesses of my mind. 

Recently, I joined a Bible study at a church different than I attend. On the first day, one of the ladies led us in the Lord’s Prayer. Nervously, I whispered along. I feared my mind wouldn’t recall the words correctly. The fear of not fitting in rose inside. Would the others notice if I stumbled on my words? Would they think less of me?

In order to be prepared for Bible study (this is a prayer recited together every week), I began praying this as soon as I wake up and before I go to sleep. I recite it at the beginning of my morning prayer time with the Lord. 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.

The disciples requested instruction on only one thing: “Teach us how to pray.” (Luke 11:1) Jesus taught this as the way to pray (Matthew 6:9-13). 

This is Jesus’ prayer.

Within this prayer, I:

– Acknowledge God’s greatness: “Hallowed be thy name.”

– Surrender to God’s will: “Thy will be done.”

– Request His presence: “Give us this day our daily bread.” 

– Repent: “Forgive us our trespasses.”

– Ask for His guidance: “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”

The words which once held no meaning are now precious. I understand them. I believe them. I trust God will welcome His Son’s prayer (His prayer!) as melodious words of praise, worship, repentance and surrender.


As we move through this month, I’m going to be focusing on prayer. Why? It is so essential to our spiritual relationship with God, yet it is so undervalued. There is no doubt as a community, we are busier than ever. Being close to God is so easy, but prayer is often seen as complicated or time-consuming. There’s no time to pray! I can’t today, maybe tomorrow? I want to encourage you this month to read what God is putting on my heart. I challenge you to participate by focusing on your prayer life. I am praying for God to reveal Himself to you as a blessing for your obedience to prioritize Him. 

To God be the glory,

Jennifer 💕

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