Ask ten people what they mean by ‘prayer’ and the chances are that the majority will indicate something which means persuading God to do something which he would otherwise not be inclined to do, or for some reason he needed to be reminded about. As we pray the Lord’s Prayer we hopefully see prayer differently. Prayer is rather a means by which we engage with God in the work of his kingdom, or as somebody once said ‘conspiring with God towards the healing of creation.’ Prayer is a readiness to rest in the presence of God trying to look at life through his eyes, bringing our activities under his sovereign will. This course is about the Lord’s Prayer and I hope that it will help us all as we think about prayer in general, what it is and why we do it. The word ‘spirituality’ has become very important as people struggle with the issues raised by the poem by William Henry Davies. ‘How can our lives become more meaningful and how can we develop the spiritual side of our being as we struggle with the demands of life’? How can our lives become more meaningful and how can we develop the spiritual side of our being as we struggle with the demands of life? The name Lord’s Prayer was given because it was a prayer which Jesus taught his disciples when they asked him ‘Teach us how to pray," (Luke 11:1) Why would they ask Jesus how to pray? These disciples had been praying all their lives in synagogue and recited every Sabbath in worship. Didn't they already know how to pray? Clearly there was something about the prayer of Jesus which made the disciples feel they were missing the mark, their prayers lacked the power and meaning Jesus' had. We will see that in the Lord’s Prayer Jesus recognises that true spirituality is not something ethereal and removed from daily life. Actually it is about committing ourselves to live by God’s ways in our ordinary daily living. For the record perhaps a glimpse of what Jesus considered to be good ‘spirituality’ can be seen in the Gospel of Luke Chapter 10:25 where we read of a man who comes to Jesus and asks what he must do to inherit eternal life. Jesus agrees that the man is correct when he says, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, 'Love your neighbour as yourself.'"
This brings us to our Lent Course for 2019
Lent Course 2019
Theme: The Lord’s Prayer in Lent-(Luke 11:1-4)
Praying it, meaning it, living it!
Name of Course- Engaging with the Lord’s Prayer
Everyone in invited to attend. Groups will be meeting in the Vault every Wednesday from the 13th March to the 10thApril.
See you there!!
Sessions to be covered
13thIntroduction on the Lord’s Prayer
20thMarch - Our Father in heaven hallowed be your name……-
27thMarch- Your kingdom come your will be done on earth as it is in heaven Your kingdom come ……………..
4thApril- Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. Give us this day our daily bread ….
10thApril And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.' for yours is the Kingdom, the power and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.