by Melva Phelps
In 1962, by Supreme Court order, God was officially taken out of public schools in the United States. Unlike preceding generations, I daresay most of you reading these words right now were never taught to pray The Lord’s Prayer in public school. What was once a venerated and undisputed foundation in our educational system is now unlawful.
In the 1980s and early ’90s, a God-breathed foundational prayer movement swept over our nation and around the world. But that was many years ago, in another century! Now, once again, multitudes of professing believers in Jesus find themselves without the foggiest idea how to pray.
Thus, in a day in which our world is filled with tyranny, void of secure foundations, a time in which we desperately need to clearly hear what heaven is saying, too many believers are like the early disciples, powerless and lacking in basic prayer training.
How we need to take hold of biblical foundations once again! The Lord’s Prayer is that foundational prayer. It is the outline that Jesus gladly gave to all who would be His disciples. Each line is overflowing with revelation and covers every aspect of life.
No longer can we afford to just know about God. We must know Him, intimately, personally.
Paul, the apostle, had selflessly, wholeheartedly served the Lord for many years, but even near the end of his life, he was still pressing in ever more deeply to know Him.
He wrote in Philippians 3:10, “that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.”
My hope is that you will sit with Holy Spirit each day, quieting your heart to hear his still small voice. I encourage you to utilize the Lord’s Prayer–the Our Father–as a prayer guide. You won’t be disappointed.
May we, like Paul, cry out from our hearts, “…that I may know Him….”