The power of prayer lies not in “what” to pray for but in “how” to be with God.
The disciples noticed that Jesus prayed
in a far different way than they had ever seen.
At the time of our Lord, it was thought
that the more you mentioned your needs to God
and made them known for all to hear,
the better you would look in the eyes of others.
Your honor would be great because of your many repetitions.
And as we have seen, Jesus is not concerned
about how we appear to people.
The disciples also noticed that when Jesus prayed,
He was in touch with God
in ways, they had never experienced.
So they asked, “Lord, teach us to pray as you do.”
So in teaching them the Our Father,
Jesus showed them that the value of prayer
doesn’t lie in how many words you use
or what formulas are popular at the time.
Prayer is not like accomplishing some task.
It involves how we relate to God in the first place
with an inner attitude of love and trust.
Jesus has revealed Him to us as our Father and our Friend.
He is God and so much wrapped up in love with us
that He can’t wait for us to share
a personal, silent moment with Him,
not using words, but just being with Him
as we find ourselves at that time.
And as we spend these quiet moments with Him,
we come to surrender our lives
in His loving and Providential Hands.
Whenever we pray this prayer with Jesus,
we are asking God to set our hearts on a foundation
for a new start in our lives
and for all that we need to make it to the finish line.
We ask our Father that we not only be misled
but guided in the way of Jesus.
After all, is said and done in a day,
put aside all of the activity
and let your heart become alive
as you sit at the feet of your Savior and your Friend.
The power of prayer lies not in “what” to pray for
but in “how” to be with God.