Scripture: One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, "Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples." Luke 11:1
Observations: I am intrigued by Jesus' prayer life. Apparently his disciples were too. Jesus prayed differently than the common ways his followers had learned to pray. What was different about Jesus' prayers? When asked to teach them to pray, Jesus told his disciples to begin with, "Father..." In our English translation, the word "father" seems somewhat formal, not too many of us talk to our dads by using that term. When Jesus taught them to use the common term for "father" as we would use "dad" or "daddy" in their prayers, it opened a whole new understanding of the intimate relationship he, the Son of God, had with his father; but what is most remarkable, was that he told his disciples that they could pray to God on such intimate terms too!
Apply: When we struggle with how to pray or what to say, think about how you would talk to a parent who loves you unconditionally and wants the best for you. Let God know your heart, and take time to listen to God's loving reply.
Prayer: "My Father who is is heaven..."