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Show me the way

Bettie Marlowe
Posted 7/11/18

Show me the way

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Show me the way

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Show me the way

The TV commercial shows a box of rice, a man and little boy – the message: “Show me the way.”

I suppose it means “How do I cook this rice?” But when we consider the phrase, we could apply it to the cry made today from not only children, but teens and adults. We come into this world dependent. At first, on parents. And their obligation and privilege is to “show me the way.” The learning process continues as the child matures and chooses his direction in life. It’s always, “Show me the way” on this journey.

The first Christians looked to Jesus Christ, the Son of God. The Great Teacher was asked many questions as he taught first the disciples. And they asked of Jesus the most vital request. “Teach us to pray.” Luke 11:1: “And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.”

Not how to preach, not how to sing, not public relations …. But, “Lord, teach us to pray.” They recognized the greatest gift He could give them was the gift of prayer – to come into His Presence. And He gave them the model found in Matthew 6.

It begins with recognition that God is our “Father in Heaven,” and His Name is to be hallowed. To The words also emphasize that His will be done as we receive His kingdom. Thanks are expressed for His daily care and forgiveness (pray is to acknowledge that our blessings come from God) which enable us to forgive others. We can’t come to God with hatred in our hearts for others and ask anything of Him. And we thank Him for guidance and protection from evil. With the power of prayer, we have a constant advocate.

The prayer Jesus taught ends with giving God all glory and honor, again stressing His eternal power.

"And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us; (1 John 5:14).

Our heavenly Father does not make it difficult to communicate with Him. He does not require complicated prayers. He is moved by our needs and by our confidence in Him.

Paul tells us how to pray in Romans 12:12, "Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulations; continuing instant in prayer ..."

"Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things , which thou knowest not" (Jeremiah 33:3).

A farmer was paid a visit by one of his city relatives. Before dinner the farmer bowed his head and said grace. His sophisticated relative jeered, “This is old-fashioned; nobody with an education prays at the table anymore.”

The farmer admitted that the practice was old and even allowed that there were some on his farm who did not pray before their meals. Justified, the relative remarked, “So enlightenment is finally reaching the farm. Who are these wise ones?”

The farmer replied, “My pigs.”

– Bible Illustrator

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