Thursday, October 22, 2015

This Sunday @ Locust Hill UMC: Lord, Teach us to pray!

For the next few weeks we will be pausing, thinking deeply, and re-engaging in the "Lord's prayer." If you are like me... you mindlessly pray this prayer each Sunday. It has become ritual. What I hope we might discover over these next few weeks is that these words are rich. This week we will be looking at the first part "Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name."

I could spend all my time talking about the first two words "Our Father." These are rich words. Most people are scared of prayer. They are so scared that if asked to pray they would run out the door in fear. We fear that our prayer might not be "beautiful" or "grammatically correct." Maybe we fear our prayer won't be poetic.

Jesus begins to teach us about prayer by saying when you come to God... pray "Our Father." The greek word for father is abba. Abba means daddy. Many of us don't call our earthly fathers "father" no we call them "dad" or "papa." Jesus reminds us that God is approachable. God wants to be in relationship with us. He isn't worried about our grammar or our prose. God wants to hear our voices. He wants to be our dad. He wants to be in relationship with us. We might be challenged by these words. Jesus has come to diminish this wall between us and God so that he might know us as we are. So that he might be in relationship with us.

Looking forward to diving deeper Sunday!