The Lord’s Prayer

Class / Discussion on Zoom

THURSDAYS at 1:00 pm

We know that Jesus spent much of his time teaching his disciples–through his actions, through his miracles and through his parables.  We don’t always have a sense of how much or how willingly they learned. But, in Luke 1, we find the disciples changing tactics by asking Jesus to teach them something specific–their request, not his agenda.

One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” ~Luke 11:1 NIV

How many times must they have heard their Master pray?  It certainly was a regular practice of Jesus.  Many times, he was found going off to a quiet place to spend time in prayer with his Father. What did the disciples hear or sense that day that they asked Jesus to teach them about prayer?  Was it his attitude when he was in prayer? Did they see that it had a centering calming effect on him after a hectic day? Did he seem more focused when he started his day with prayer?  Whatever it was, Jesus responded by instructing them using the words of what we know today as the Lord’s Prayer.  Those words are a common and beloved part of our liturgy.  Most of our pastoral prayers end with it. We may hear, “let us pray as Jesus taught his disciples to pray…”  It was never actually meant to be a stand-alone prayer. It was a pattern for teaching the disciples to pray on their own.

Together, let’s study this teaching in depth. Lets discover what it says to us about praying.  Let’s see how Jesus’ instruction to the disciples all those years ago can inform the way we pray still today.  We’ll study it phrase by phrase, each week looking at a different aspect of it.

No book is required on your part, although I’ll be glad to share information on the main book(s) I’ll be using.  But you have the text, our core material, readily at hand.  Read it in several of the Gospels, read it in several different translations.  Come ready to discuss.  Each week, I’ll send out a different writing about the prayer, along with the phrase we’ll be studying and discussing that week.  We’ll look at different perspectives and ideas.  I hope we come away with a whole new appreciation of the words we so often recite.

We’ll meet via Zoom, once a week, for about an hour.  This is not, to be clear, meant to be only a women’s study.  This is open to everyone.  The more participation, the more viewpoints we’ll be sharing.  It will be heavy on discussion, not so heavy on lecture.  Everyone participates. The class is ongoing and can be joined at any point.. Here’s what I need you to do…

If you are interested, send me an email to confirm so I have a mailing list. ([email protected]) or call me (505-358-8428). 

I am excited about this study/discussion time.  I know we will learn much from one another. My prayer is that we will study something that we normally view as routine, and it will become more beautifully meaningful in a whole new way.

I look forward to hearing from you. I know this will be a blessing to me.  May it be also for you.

In Christ’s love,

Susan Ideus — Facilitator