The Spirit

woman_bibleEver wonder what Jesus was taught to pray as a child? Here’s one translation of 3 parts of a traditional prayer he would have said every morning:

  • Before rising: “I thank you, living and eternal King, for returning my soul within me in compassion, great is your faithfulness”
  • On rising: “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever. Blessed be the name of his glorious kingdom forever and ever.”
  • After dressing: “Blessed art Thou, LORD our God, King of the universe, who removes sleep from my eyes and slumber from my eyelids. May it be Your will, LORD our God and God of our fathers to accustom us to Your Torah (instructions) and attach us to Your mitzvot (commandments). And do not lead us into the hands of sin, nor into the hands of pride or perversity, not into the hands of temptation, nor into the hands of shame, and do not let the evil inclination rule over us.”

Prayer was an integral of Jesus’ life from early childhood.  Prayer permeated his family life and culture. Do you see the connections to the Lord’s Prayer? Especially in the last line of the third prayer.  At the same time, do you see the differences?   These prayers do not address God as Father, though that was not unknown in Jesus time.

Try saying these prayers or the Lord’s prayer daily for 30 days.  Put them into your own words if that is more comfortable for you. See what difference it makes in your heart, your attitude, your relationships with God and others.   I firmly believe that planting the mustard seed of a few minutes of prayer in your life will produce a harvest richer than you can imagine.

See you Sunday as we look at the petition “Give us this day our daily bread”,

Pastor Jeff