(This is day nineteen of the Rediscovering the Christmas Season Advent Study that can be found here. You don’t have to start at the beginning. In fact, you can jump in any time or go in any order. Care to join?)
Read Luke 11: 1-13.
Use the Lord’s Prayer as a pattern to write a prayer that has some of those same ideas in it. Father God, I stand in awe of how holy you are. Even when it seems like the world is falling apart, like Daniel said, “There is a God in heaven.” Nothing is ever going to change that. Your power will never dim. You will never leave us. You will always be right there, in charge, and loving us. How amazing is that? That you are the King on the throne, yet you bend down to reach us? That blows my mind. The more I look at the world, the more I want you to come soon. Not just because there is such craziness here, but because I long to see you face to face. I just want to be with you with nothing between us. That’s going to be amazing! Please provide what I need to get through this day Your way, serving where I need to serve. You know how I need new eyes and a new heart for that. And please help me to forgive and to love. Please forgive me for not doing what I should do, for going so fast that I miss what I need to see. Be glorified in me today. Guide me to love you and to serve others today. Help me to be selfless. In the name of Jesus… Amen.
What parts of Jesus’ prayer pattern do you leave out the most when you pray? How was writing prayer different from saying it? I often write my prayers, because I’m a better writer. It is more focused. It gives me more ability to say what I’m thinking, to consider my words and not just throw them up in the sky like I can do sometimes. It’s intimate to write something, and I feel like I’m more connected when I do. I often gloss over asking for forgiveness, like I can come back to it later. Oh man… How dangerous is that?
Read your prayer out loud. Ask someone you trust to pray it with you.
Discuss a time in your life where God answered an important prayer. Just one time? Every single time he brought my husband back to me safely from a warzone. We were just talking about that last night, how much our prayers and the prayers of others made a difference when he was deployed, all of the ways God protected Him. There are ways I won’t know on this side of heaven, but I know God did. And I see it in my husband.