Do you have the Lord’s Prayer memorized yet? If not, I would encourage you to make that a goal this week. Repetition is the key to memorization. Write it out. Put it someplace where you see it. Keep it on a card in your pocket, purse, or wallet so that you can pull it out at random times during the day. If you have a smartphone, you can create reminders at various points in the day to read it and re-read it.

If you do have it memorized, the significant danger is saying it automatically and not authentically. One way to get around inauthentic repetition is by taking portions of the prayer to pray throughout the day. Saying, “Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” is a great way to start and end your day, but what about at noon? How about you pray those words during the evening news? Or as you are scrolling through Facebook or Instagram?

We’ll explore this type of approach as we continue the series and look specifically at each section of the prayer but begin that process now. Is there a part of the prayer that you can carry with you throughout the day and send up short prayer-bursts to heaven? We certainly want to encourage prayer times that are regular and consistent, but we are also looking to develop a prayer life that is active all day long.