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Relational Prayer

Prayer is conversation with God and therefore all prayer is by its nature relational. Some prayers are more relational than others and sometimes we’re more aware of the relational aspect than

other times.

When Jesus’ disciples asked him to teach them to pray he gave them an example and model for prayer which we call the Lord’s Prayer.

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This amazing prayer is relational from beginning to end

but we can rattle it off rather than relate to our God

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Not only is it addressed to our heavenly relative, our Father (Dad) but Jesus taught us to pray ‘our’ Father rather than ‘my’ Father.

As God’s children we’re related to God and to all God’s people. We’re all brothers and sisters. The Lord’s Prayer focusses on both of those relationships.

We pray for God’s name, kingdom, and will. We’re at the same time asking for and committing ourselves to a good relationship with God. We praying to the God of the universe and therefore the prayer has a universal focus.

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There’s no ‘I’ in the Lord’s Prayer.

It protects us from selfishness

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We pray for the daily needs of the world-wide family even though we might be thinking about what’s in our own pantry.

We pray for good and lasting relationships. Because we often muck them up we ask God to forgive us so we can keep on

forgiving others.

We pray we’ll neither lead our neighbour into sin or be led into sin by our neighbour.

Our prayer for God to deliver us from evil applies equally to ourselves and our neighbour. We desire as much good for our

neighbour as we do for ourselves.

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Lord, teach us to Pray!

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