Words from the Heart for Wednesday May 13th, 2020
This, then, is how you should pray: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
Matthew 6:9-10 (NIV)
How You Should Pray
While public religious expression has arguably been relegated from public space in Canada, prayer, whether personal, with family, or at a house of worship, appears to remain a prominent part of the lives of many Canadians. 42 per cent of Canadians are involved in at least one prayer related activity, once each week. An additional 44 per cent say they engage in some prayer activity each month. 86% of Canadians – even those who are inclined to reject religion themselves – view prayer as enriching for the person who prays.
There is an innate longing in every human heart for a relationship with our Creator God. It wasn’t long after sin had entered into the human experience that, according to Genesis 4:26, men and women began to call on the name of the Lord. Every religion that has a god or gods has a component of prayer. As I’ve traveled the world, I have seen men and women kneeling in front of idols, some very fancy and others as plain as a stone on a ledge, going about the activity of prayer. Prayer had certainly been a part of the lives of the Jewish people, but Jesus disciples had noticed that there was something different, powerful, with the prayer lives of the followers of John the Baptist. So they approached Jesus one day and asked him to teach them how to pray. Jesus was more than happy to and in Matthew 6:9-10 we read, “This, then, is how you should pray: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Christian prayer always starts with both intimacy – God is our Father – and honour – God is holy.
These have been words from the heart.