The Greek word in the New Testament for prayer is most interesting. It literally means “to be like a dog” before someone. Now this sounds strange when speaking of a Child of God approaching his Heavenly Father…but if we remember that most people of that time worked in Agriculture – tending and herding flocks and herds, it makes sense. Dogs did much of the work for their masters tending the flocks of sheep, and herds of cattle. These well trained dogs were always at their master’s side, waiting for commands…depending on their master for all their needs, submitting to his authority, and obeying his words. When the disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray, they weren’t saying, “Teach us to say our prayers.” Instead, they were asking Him to “Teach us all that’s involved in depending on God as our Master in the same way a faithful dog depends on the shepherd…willfully submitting to Him and trusting in His wisdom to give us only the best.