Teach Us to Pray

When Jesus’s followers asked him to teach them to pray, he didn’t tell them to divide into focus groups and look deep within their own hearts. He didn’t begin by getting them to think slowly through their life experiences to discover what types of personality each of them had, to spend time getting in touch with their buried feelings. He and they both understood the question they had asked: they wanted, and needed, a form of words they could learn and use. That’s what John the Baptist had given his followers. Other Jewish teachers had done the same. That’s what Jesus did, too…” (N.T. Wright, Simply Christian: Why  Christianity Makes Sense, pg. 165)

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