A Template for Prayer
If you go to a bookstore to learn how to write a resume for your job application, you’ll buy a book with sample resumes. The examples in the book are there to help you create your own resume. It’s obviously not intended that you copy the sample information – you fill in the blanks with your own personal information.
And that’s the way it is with the prayer Jesus gave to his followers as a sample when they asked him how to pray. We call it the Lord’s Prayer. It was never intended to be memorized and prayed by rote. We are to think of it as a template, a form for us to fill in the blanks, an example for us to follow in our own words.
When you want to pray, instead of repeating the Lord’s Prayer verbatim, use it as a guide. Fill in the blanks with your own information and make it your personal prayer!
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