Letter From Rob

Dear Friends,
            A couple weeks ago I gave a challenge to you at the beginning of the sermon. I encouraged you to try something different when it comes to prayer. The challenge was to make the Lord’s Prayer your only prayer for the day, each day, until the end of this series on the Lord’s Prayer at the end of this month. To pray the prayer slowly, pausing at each phrase, perhaps multiple times a day, to let it be the model and posture of your prayer.
            So, if you have been daring enough to take the challenge, let me ask you: What has it been like for you? How has it changed your approach to prayer? How has your relationship with God changed because of this practice of prayer?
            A couple of you have told me you have been praying this way and that it is affecting your prayer life. I would love to hear from more of you. And if you haven’t tried it yet, I encourage you to practice this for the next 30 days.
            Prayer is more than us telling God our thoughts and feelings, although that is part of it. As Jesus says in Matthew 6, God knows our needs before we even ask Him. What has Jesus been teaching us in this prayer so far?  That God is our “Abba” whom we can trust. We can come to Him daily and our attitude is to be one of surrendering our whole lives, turning our focus and our attitude towards His Name, His kingdom and His will, not ours. We are to declare our total dependence on God.
            As we continue through this series on the prayer Jesus taught us, we are moving towards Thanksgiving. The German theologian Meister Eckhart, who lived in the Middle Ages, said once that, “if the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.” As you pray to our loving Father this month, seek His kingdom, seek His will and seek His glory. And may our hearts ever be grateful and thankful for all that God has done for us.
A very Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving to each of you!
Pastor Rob