Living With Adversity: The 12 Step Process. Step 1: Pray, Pray, Pray.

Step 1: Pray, pray, pray.

“Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when He had finished, one of the disciples said to Him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray’.” —  Luke 11:1

Here is a passage where Jesus teaches the disciples how to pray the Lord’s prayer. However, I really believe it should be called the Disciples’ Prayer because it is more about how we, his students, his disciples should pray. It teaches us in a very simple way that: God is Our Father, Our Provider, Our Protector, Our Sustainer, and Our Deliverer.

This is a very significant lesson for me because some I didn’t have much to say in prayer after my diagnosis. Everything is too foggy to be able to think  clearly in time of need. But this fantastic prayer has it all. As soon as I start praying it brings me peace, “Our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy Kingdom come on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day, Our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil because thine is the Kingdom and the Glory, forever and ever. Amen”

Until the fog had cleared and the weight had been lifted that was the only prayer I could pray. I had to ask others to pray for me because I knew I could not do it by myself. Many times I didn’t have much to say but I tried saying something. I figured that something is better than nothing.

I know realize that it is vital to ask everyone who is a Christian to keep me in their prayers. Before I didn’t really think that much about it, know I realize that it’s my spiritual breath. I am especially aware of how important it is when I don’t feel like praying.

Prayer

“Father in Heaven, thank You for being my Father, my Provider, my Protector, my Sustainer, and my Deliverer. In You I trust. Amen.”

2 thoughts on “Living With Adversity: The 12 Step Process. Step 1: Pray, Pray, Pray.”

  1. Pastor T,

    I am thankful that this model prayer was what came to your mind. Yes, this prayer seems like it wraps all of God’s love into one prayer, and I’ve learned this through sermons and prayer.
    1. Putting Him first because the prayer praises Him first…”hallowed be Thy Name”
    2. Remembering His promises: “thy kingdom come thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven”
    3. Faith and trust, that He will be there for us daily just like we need food daily: “give us this day our daily bread”
    4. Love one another unconditionally as God loves us: “forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us”
    5. His guidance: “and lead us not into temptation:
    6. His protection: “but deliver us from evil”

    As a whole, we’re all in this together. He tells us to love one another by sprinkling words like OUR, US, WE all over this prayer. Whether one is sick, happy, angry, productive, lazy, bored, tall, short, on vacation, dancing, crying, blogging, etc., we are all affected in some way. We’re all in this together.

    Be well Pastor! 🙂

    Humbly, Zoila

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