Last year, about once a month, I had lunch with two of my friends, Kip Roozen, pastor of Asbury UMC, and Bob Ruedebusch from First United Methodist in Sioux Falls. I miss these guys. But I noticed after spending time with Bob, I would start saying the same phrase he did in my conversation. One word he says often is, “Correct!” It is Bob’s way of saying that he is tracking with you in the conversation, and it is better than saying “yeah” or “uh-huh.” The more time I spent with Bob, the more I said, “Correct!” However, today I don’t do it, because I don’t see Bob as much. We are influenced by the people around us, and we influence the people we are with. We learn from each other. That is why Jesus called disciples or learners to surround him.
One of the disciples noticed something different about Jesus. The difference was in Jesus’ prayer life. The unnamed disciple asked Jesus, “Lord, teach us how to pray like John taught his disciples.” Luke 11:1.
Jesus then taught the disciples a way to pray that has been passed down from one generation of followers to the next. We call it the Lord’s prayer, but it is really as Haddon Robinson says, “the disciple’s prayer”. It is meant to be our model prayer. It meant to be a way to pray, not just a prayer to know.
During Lent, we will be digging deeper into the Lord’s prayer. We are going to turn off the auto-pilot and soak our mind in the purpose of the prayer. It is a way to pray. The hope is that by
the end of lent you will never pray same way again—a difference that will last a lifetime. We will start the series on February 21 at 6 p.m. with a soup supper following. The last service before Holy Week will be March 21st. I invite you to come!