Scripture: Luke (NIV) 11:2 He (Jesus) said to them (His disciples), “When you pray, say: ‘(Our) Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come.
3 Give us each day our daily bread.
4 Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation.’”
Observation: Jesus did not teach his disciples to pray: Give me my bread; forgive me my sins; lead me not into temptation. He was not teaching them to pray alone, but to pray as a group. And when they pray as an individual, they should be consciously aware that they are not alone in following Jesus.
Application: In praying for my needs, I need to be more aware that those around me have needs too. Even when praying for forgiveness, I need to remember others need forgiveness too. When I come to the Lord with my sins, I can remember that others sin too. I need the merciful God to forgive me in the same way my brother or sister needs the merciful God to forgive them. I need God’s help in overcoming temptations, and those around me need God’s help also.
Prayer: Lord, we are a needy people. We need your provision, your forgiveness, and your protection. Amen
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