Lord, Teach Us to Pray
The Mark of the Kingdom
You have likely experienced that awkward moment in the Lord's prayer. You know the one; it is the moment you realize that though you've known this prayer since childhood, you don't know which word you are supposed to use next.... will it be "debts", "trespasses", or "sins"!?! As awkward as that moment is, this portion of the Lord's prayer seeks to highlight an even more awkward moment in the life of a follower of Jesus. How awkward is it when one who has been immeasurably forgiven refuses to forgive someone else? We may be challenged to know which word to use, but there must not be any question about what Jesus means when he leads us to pray about forgiveness.
Music: “The Eyes of All Wait Upon Thee” by Jean Berger
We are starting a new sermon series that is all about prayer. What are the obstacles that keep us from praying as Jesus does? What does it look like for us to approach God as children? God is inviting us to inhabit a space of dependence, messiness, and freedom from guile and fear as we lift up our hearts to the Lord in prayer. In this season of Easter, let us be bold as we pray to the One whom Jesus called abba, to the One who had the power and love to raise Jesus from the dead!