11 Feb. Luke 11:1-4

11 Feb. Jesus gives guidelines for prayer

"Once Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his followers said to him, 'Lord, teach us to pray as John taught his followers.'"

"Jesus said to them, 'When you pray, say:
Father, may your name always be kept holy.
May your kingdom come.
Give us the food we need for each day.
Forgive us our sins, because we forgive everyone who has done wrong to us,
And do not cause us to be tempted."

          (Luke 11:1-4)

 

 

What should we pray for? How should we address God? Are we able to speak directly to the creator of the world?

One day, after Jesus had been praying, his disciples asked him to teach them how to pray. Jesus said they should address God personally as their heavenly Father:

Father, may your holy name be glorified and your kingdom come on earth.
Give us each day the food we need to live.
Forgive us when we do wrong and go against your will – in just the same way as you teach us to forgive those who do wrong to us.
And do not let us be led astray by temptation and the glamour of evil.

These guidelines for prayer – known today as the Lord’s Prayer – have been translated into hundreds of different languages across the world. Over a hundred translations are displayed on the walls of the Pater Noster (‘Our Father’) Church and convent on the upper slopes of the Mount of Olives above Jerusalem.

This church was constructed on the site of a Byzantine church built by the Roman Empress Helena in the 4th Century AD. The church is located above a cave where it's believed that Jesus taught the Lord’s Prayer and explained to his disciples about his second coming (see Matthew 24:3-31).

The photo shows the Mount of Olives to the east of the old city of Jerusalem, where it's believed that Jesus taught his followers the 'Lord's Prayer'.

You can read more about Jesus's teaching in Jerusalem @ https://www.thebiblejourney.org/…/jesus-heals-teaches-in-j…/


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