1.10 Praying the prayer of our Lord

Thinking about life as a healthcare student

  • What are some things you have prayed for in the last week? Why did you pray for these things?
  • Are there pressures you face as a healthcare student that make it hard for you to pray?

What does God have to say?

Read Matthew 6:5-15.

Matthew 6:5-15 is part of a discourse of teaching given by Jesus to His followers (Matthew 5:1-2); and so it is relevant for those who follow Him today. In Matthew 6:9-15, Jesus teaches us what to pray (this is why this prayer is commonly labelled the ‘Lord’s Prayer’). In Matthew 6:5-8, Jesus also tells us how to pray:
- not in a way such that you point people to respect you for being spiritually impressive (v5-6); and
- not with lengthy words because you think God needs to be persuaded to listen (v7-8).

Express in your own words what Jesus is teaching us to ask God for.

  • Our Father in heaven...
  • hallowed* be your name (‘hallowed’ means ‘revered’ or ‘honoured’)
  • your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven
  • give us today our daily bread
  • forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors
  • lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one

Putting it into practice

  • It’s been another long day and you’re exhausted. As you travel home the thought pops into your head “I ought to pray”, but it’s closely followed by another thought, “I don’t have time to pray”. Is this a common experience for you? What normally is the result of this inner questioning? Is there something in your mindset that leads to this result?
  • Make a short list of things you normally pray for (no more than 4 or 5 categories).
    • a. How does your list compare to Jesus’ list? What similarities do you see? What differences?
    • b. What do the differences tell you about the way you think?
    • From this analysis – is there anything as a result you would like to change?
  • Revisit the column in the above table: ‘IN YOUR OWN WORDS’.
    • How does a directive to pray these petitions make you feel toward God, feel toward your class mates?
    • What outcomes in your future field as a health care professional would you see if you and your current classmates prayed each of these petitions?
      Consider the effect on patients and staff you will have authority over, and how it may affect the way non-Christian colleagues view Jesus Christ.
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