Asking for Help
I was reading about the Good Samaritan today. The story of the Good Samaritan is one that we should embrace and keep in our toolbox. The toolbox that helps us get through the tough days, the toolbox that helps us enjoy the good days and the toolbox that helps us realize how much we are loved. I decided to keep reading and stumbled across this message from Jesus on ‘How to Pray’.
Luke 11:2-4 MSG
“So he said, “When you pray, say, ‘Father, Reveal who you are. Set the world right. Keep us alive with three square meals. Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others. Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil’.”
The disciples are asking for help learning to pray. They (these are the disciples, the guys who were hanging out with Jesus everyday ... THE disciples ... they needed help too ... we need to remember that ... and remember to ask for help when we need it too ...) needed a lesson on how to pray and today we might need this lesson on how to pray too.
‘Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Your kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.‘
That’s how I memorized it as a kid. I tried to figure out what version it is from, but couldn’t find these exact words, so no doubt, I mistakenly memorized a word or two incorrectly. Then again, it’s all there in Matthew and Luke and the words meaning is the important part.
This version from the Message is closer to how we speak today and a little easier to understand.
Reveal who You are. Set the world right. Keep us alive with three square meals. Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others. Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil.
Whichever way we learn the words, we need to learn to pray, and Jesus is the best teacher in the world. Ask Him and He will teach you.