Occasionally, we will reprint prior devotions. This is a reprint from a devotion originally published on January 20, 2013.
Prayer: Our Father in Heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as is heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and forever. Amen.
Reading: Matthew 6: 7-15 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: When and how did you learn the Lord's Prayer? How often do you say the Lord's Prayer? How do you feel it connects you with other Christians?
Do you remember how you learned the Lord's Prayer? I do. When I was young, my mom and dad taught my sister and me the Lord's Prayer each night after we ate supper. We would have to learn a line or two before we could have dessert. Then, the next night we would have to repeat from memory what we learned the night before.
Jesus taught us to pray by heralding our God's name, by praying that God's will be done, by asking for our needs, and by asking for forgiveness for our sins. He also taught up to forgive one another. What a great lesson Jesus taught in so few words! I was also told that when in doubt about what to pray, you should praise the Lord for sending us God's only son. What more would a father want hear than praise for his son? God sent us the greatest gift of all and we should thank God for it!
May people wonder what they should say in their prayers. Well, just look at the Lord's Prayer. It is spelled out in that simple prayer that many have learned as children, maybe even at the dinner table. --Chad Hershberger
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