Teach Us To Pray
Date: July 28, 2019
The philosopher John Hick once observed that if you collected all the images of God that have been created by religion, they'd form a book the size of a telephone directory. In the Egyptian section of the Royal Ontario Museum I imagine you would find many examples of god. One person talked about the museum in their city where they met the god Sobek, pictured as a man with the head of a crocodile or consider the Hindu fire god Agni, he has two faces smeared with butter, seven tongues, gold teeth, seven arms and three legs.
Despite our many divisions there is one thing that has united Christians for two thousand years every Sunday almost every Christian in every country around the world prays the prayer that Jesus taught us in this week's gospel,“Our Father in heaven.”
Luke writes how the disciples asked Jesus, "Lord, teach us to pray." Implicit in that request was their admission that there were many things that they didn't understand about prayer. Jesus didn't commend any technique or regimen. Rather, "when you pray," he said, trust the character of God.