Why did the disciples ask Jesus to teach them how to pray?
Prayer was central to the life of a devout Jew: they would pray three times a day; they had prayers they memorized and recited as they woke up and ended their days; prayer even played an important role in the liturgy of their services in the synagogue.
But there was something different about the way Jesus prayed.
There was something different about the fruit of Jesus’ life and the way he related to God that made the disciples eager to ask that question. So He said to them, “When you pray say:
“Our Father in heaven, hallowed by your name. Your Kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” (Luke 11:2)
Jesus taught that the HOW of prayer begins with the WHO- Our Father. “God is not the reflection of an earthly Father, but the perfection of one” (Loui Giglio).
Through Jesus Christ this kind of relationship- and the promise of a Perfect Father’s Blessing – is available to everyone: a Father’s love, support, acceptance, security, and presence in our lives.
So when you pray today, begin with “Our Father” and receive His perfect love, acceptance and presence.