While pondering the reading for Come Follow Me I was struck by a very simple thing…
For years as young man attending a state High School we would gather in the hall first thing every morning, to have some form of “devotional” and then collectively recite the Lords Prayer. Needless to say I have it memorized !
After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. Matthew 6:9
Later in life when teaching as a missionary, I would use the lesson flip chart to point out the key elements of the Lords Prayer. After all the Lord prayed to give us an example of how to construct, rather than what to say, in our prayers.
So my mind was full of the idea of the Saviour “teaching” how to pray… Until this week and I watched the video segment in Come Follow me..
In the video I noticed something small but significant in the way the scene is portrayed . Jesus closes his eyes ! My image of the Saviour “teaching” instantly changed to the realisation he was “showing” how to pray.
I know you all knew that, but it was a light bulb moment for me !