I consider myself to be fairly good with directions. If you tell me to make a right on East Ave and another right onto the Esplanade I know I will eventually reach downtown Chico. I know that I turn right onto Glenwood, from my subdivision, and turn left on Nord Ave I will reach Orland. I can follow directions. Now my husband Gary would disagree. We had this discussion just the other day over lunch. I said I was good with navigation and could find my way around pretty well. He agreed that I seemed to remember streets and familiar buildings.
Then things got crazy….
“Which way is north?” He asked as he smugly sipped his ice tea.
“North?” I asked. “Why?”
“If you’re good with navigation then which direction is north?”
I took a guess.
I was wrong. (Yes, I admitted I was wrong).
I took a different approach, “I don’t need to know which way north is because my car tells me. Plus, if people give proper directions I can find my way without ever needing a compass.”
He responded with an eye roll. Men! 😉
Maybe I’m not so great at navigation, but I can follow directions. As long as they’re simple directions.
Jesus gave us a simple instruction in the gospel of Matthew of how we should pray.
“But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you. 7 When you pray, don’t babble on and on as the Gentiles do. They think their prayers are answered merely by repeating their words again and again. 8 Don’t be like them, for your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him! 9 Pray like this:
Our Father in heaven,
may your name be kept holy.
10 May your Kingdom come soon.
May your will be done on earth,
as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today the food we need,[a]
12 and forgive us our sins,
as we have forgiven those who sin against us.
13 And don’t let us yield to temptation,[b]
but rescue us from the evil one.[c]
14 “If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. 15 But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.” Matthew 6:6-14
It’s simple, straight forward and fairly easy to remember. Just the way I like it. I now need to practice it. Practice is so much harder to master than understanding. #focusedfaith #prayer
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