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Sometimes, even when we are very well in touch with our needs and wants, it's hard to know how to ask, or even what to ask, to get what we are looking for.

Maybe a good first request is for help in putting our questions into words, our feelings into verbal expression.

Reach out now to God and ask. Just ask, then see where the asking leads you.

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Listen

He said to them, “When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us. And do not bring us to the time of trial.”

Luke 11:2-4

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Think

I won’t lie: The Lord’s Prayer is hard for me to say. It’s beautiful, and it’s the model Jesus taught. Even still, the Lord’s Prayer is hard for me to say.

It’s the forgiveness part. “And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us.” We have forgiven those who owe us debts?! That means we practice forgiveness before coming to God in prayer. I don’t know about you, but some folks seem impossible to forgive. I can think of one person in particular who sends chills up my spine. What about you?

But in the end — though it is difficult — I say the words of our Lord. And more importantly, I try my hardest to live them. Jesus knows what he’s doing here, friends. When hate lingers in the rear-view mirror, God’s love is hidden in the blind spot. We miss out on the fullness of God. So even though it’s difficult, say the Lord’s Prayer. Say it and mean it. Forgive and be forgiven.

Katie McKown

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Pray

God, forgive me for failing to forgive. Show me how. Amen.

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Go

Go ahead and ask.
Just ask,
Then see where the asking takes you.

You may learn the answers are
Just what you hope for.

You may just as likely find your way
To even more questions.

In either case, keep asking.
Just ask,
Then see where the asking takes you.

Katie McKown

Katie McKown serves as pastor of Scottsville Baptist Church in Scottsville, Virginia. Katie loves the church, reading, traveling, Washington Nationals baseball, and general merriment and fun.

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