St. Paul Lutheran Church, Karnes City: Open up
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The disciples ask Jesus to teach them to pray. Naturally, Jesus goes straight to the PowerPoint presentation complete with HD color handouts and dazzles them with his knowledge of techniques, postures, petition phrasing, and visual aids (or at least the 1st century equivalent thereof). In a word, “No.” Not even close. Jesus instead gives his disciples a bare bones framework for prayer and a lesson in the nature of the One to whom they pray.

Prayer is all about the relationship. It begins with a deepening awareness of our human need for and openness to a relationship with God (whom Jesus teaches us to call “Father”). As we learn to depend on God to provide us each day with our “daily bread”, we grow bold in prayer, holding God accountable to keeping God’s promises to us. As we open ourselves up into a bolder and deeper relationship of dependence and trust with God, we are freed to live fully present and aware in the moment; freed to be neighbor and freed to listen one another into life. In the keeping with the spirit of the last several articles, this week’s lesson can be summed up in the phrase, “Open up!”

St. Paul’s News and Notes: Healthy Congregations workshops are being held throughout the Synod. Cost $25. Register by August 9. Women of St. Paul’s are collecting items for LWR School Kits. St. Paul’s Quilters continue to meet every Monday at 9 a.m. All are invited to pick up a copy of Introducing the Missional Church, and read it along with people throughout the Synod. Discussion questions are available. Have you discovered Faith Five? Give it a try today.

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