Wednesday, March 09, 2016

The Disciples' Prayer - Lent 2016

Living Bread ~ Jesus said to them, “I am the Bread of Life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.” John 6:35    
                                                                                   
During this season of reflections and renewal, join me in exploring the Bread of Life. When we encounter Jesus Christ, this Living Bread feeds, satisfies, and transforms us. Come on this journey and remember this True Bread “is broken for you”. ~ Donna Oswalt


“Lord, teach us to pray…” Luke 11:1 NKJV

The twelve disciples of Jesus, those in His inner circle ask to be taught how to pray. Scholars sometimes refer to this teaching of Jesus as “the Disciples’ Prayer”. (Luke 11:1-13) The New Testament uses the Greek mathetes for ‘disciple’ or ‘learner’, most frequently referencing the twelve disciples; however, this also refers to anyone who follows Jesus, who places faith in Jesus, who desires to learn to live more like Christ. Essentially, this prayer becomes our lesson in prayer.

Our senses are dulled by media and technology; commercialism and wealth create an ever diminishing sensitivity. Living in a world that teases us with no limits and no boundaries, we lose sight of what we truly need, stop seeing creation as a gift from God, forget in whose image we are created. To pray give us daily bread defines our dependence on God who loves and generously provides the daily manna we need. When we follow Jesus, recognizing Him as the Bread of Life, we learn dependence on Him satisfies our spiritual hunger.

Lord, I am easily influenced by the world and its shiny merchandising. Forgive my shallow focus, my showy plans, my shameless denial. Let my heart learn to pray, Lord, always give us this bread. – dho

Focus Point:  To pray give us daily bread defines our dependence on God who loves and generously provides the daily manna we need.

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