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Lord, Teach Us to Pray

Jim Wilson reflects briefly on the Lord's prayer, what it invites and what it does not.

 

LORD, TEACH US TO PRAY

The 9th Sunday After Pentecost C July 25, 2010-07-18

Hosea 1:2-10, Psalm 85, Colossians 2:6-19, Luke 11:1-13

“‘So I say to you, Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock and the door will be opened for you.’” Luke 11:9  NRSV

Oh Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz

My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends

Worked hard all my lifetime, no help from my friends,

So Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz Janis Joplin

 

The words of a prayer,

the notions of, gimmie God, gimmie

 

“Lord, teach us to pray” vs.1c

"When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us. And do not bring us to the time of trial." vs. 2-4

 

No notion of special privilege

or unjust treatment,

living into the presence

honestly

 

Asking not for favors,

asking not for wealth,

asking not for good luck,

simply pausing to note the inner witness

 

Amen

 

Note: Jim Wilson is a retired United Methodist minister with a close connection to PTS. 

 

 

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