Prayer Focus

2016.04.20

“They all joined together constantly in prayer”
(Acts 1:14)

Reflection:
Luke records that the early church occupied much of the time before Pentecost in both praise and prayer – in the Temple and in their homes.

  • “they stayed continually at the temple, praising God” (Luke 24:53)
  • “They all joined together constantly in prayer” (Acts 1:14)

Jesus Himself spent much time in prayer seeking the honour and will of God the Father. The clearest example of this is His prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane where He strove to confirm God’s will and to bring Himself into submission to it. He also made it clear to His followers that He only did the things God told Him to do and spoke the words given to Him by God. These would have been the fruit of hours of prayer and communion with God. It is no surprise then to find this same focus and priority revealed in the prayer that Jesus taught His disciples and which has come down to us. It sets the foundation for us before we get into endless lists of needs and wants that can so easily become the centre of our own prayers.

  • Hallowed be Your Name
  • Your kingdom come
  • Your will be done

The priority is clear. And it captures so simply and with such clarity all that is most needed in our lives and in our worlds today.

Response:
To honour the Lord with the obedience that comes from faith.

Prayer:

Father Almighty please help me to honour Your Name in my heart and mind and with my lips and actions. Help me to long for Your kingdom to come fully in my life, and increasingly be prepared to seek and submit myself to Your will in every way. Amen.

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