“Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep. If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take, Amen.” That was the prayer that we were taught as little kids. We would kneel beside the bed, close our hands and bow our heads. In unison my younger brother and I would pray.
As I grew up I started to learn that there isn’t a magic formula for praying, it is a conversation with God. We didn’t have to use fancy words and or formulary for God to hear our hearts. In an older post I spoke about how my Mom told me that no matter where I went, or what I was doing that Jesus was with me and I could always talk to Him. As I grew a little older in life and a little more in my faith journey I learned that Jesus had set out an example of what praying is to be. I remember reciting the Lord’s Prayer in school but never really thought about the fact that IT IS the LORD’S prayer. That Jesus prayed that prayer as lesson for us to understand how we can pray. It is filled with praise and repentance to God, requests covering all our needs and leaves way for honesty before the Father.
In our young parenting years we had many amazing mentors, but this morning two have come to mind in a very close to the heart way. Vic and Sharon McMillan. Oh the questions we had for them the tears they wiped dry and the wisdom that came through them encouraged us, and helped us in our walk with Jesus. Whenever I think of praying I think of a Bible Study that Vic lead and we attended. Vic had chosen to do the study on prayer, it is a study that rings deep in my heart over and over again. It was through that study that Vic spent time going through the passages in Matthew 6:4-14 and how Jesus prayed. Jesus gave us the way to pray and some pretty clear instructions of what not to do too. Praying isn’t about impressing anyone with fancy words, or with loud voice and show… it is about taking our praise, worship and requests to the arms of our Heavenly Father. It can be raw and open and filled with truth because we know that God sees all of us outside and inside so nothing is going to surprise Him. Vic opened his heart up to be used that day in our lives and all those that were there in the study at that time. He showed us how praying should be mingled with praise and acknowledgement of who God is, it should be mingled with requests and love for the Father. That study gave me a sense of knowing that God wanted my prayers and for me to pour my heart to Him, openly and honestly. I am so grateful for Vic and Sharon’s love for Jesus in helping us all feel the personal connection we can have with God through prayer and mentorship. Vic has been home with the Lord for a while now and is missed by friends and family, that includes us. I am thankful to him and Sharon for being mentors in our lives and being a reflection of what faith, trust and hope is all about. Do you have mentors in your life? Take a few minutes and leave a comment in tribute to anyone who has helped you walk in your faith walk, I would love to hear!
I hope today that you have been able to take some time to take your heart and thoughts before the one that loves you so much He wants you to call Him Father. You don’t have to get on your knees, you don’t have to fold your hands, albeit none of that is wrong either. Just talk to Him, be open and honest He loves to hear from you and to love you in that way.
Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” Matthew 6: 9-13
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