It’s hardly surprising that prayer is a constant theme in the Bible and is essential to the life of the disciple and the life of the Church. However, we need to be careful not to turn prayer into an empty ritual or a shopping list; nor should we think that prayer is a way of telling God things that He doesn’t know already! Here are two short passages to read and think about.
Texts and Questions:
1 Kings 3:3-14
- What does Solomon ask God to give him?
- What could our Churches be like if we all prayed his prayer every time we came together for worship?
- Can you think about a time when you were taking on a new responsibility and what prayer you prayed?
Matthew 6: 1 – 15
- What does Jesus tell his disciples to do when they pray?
- How often do you pray in that way – and how easy is it to do?
- Jesus says ‘your Father knows what you need before you ask him’ – so how does that affect what we pray for?
Challenge: Cut out the wordiness this week, and focus your prayers on that of Solomon, and on the Lord’s Prayer.
Prayer: God, please give me an understanding mind every day this week, in every situation, that I may be able to discern between good and evil . . . Our Father in heaven . . .