One of the first instructions Jesus gave to those who would become his disciples: Follow me.
Follow. Follow my lead. Follow directions. Follow the leader.
We don’t always want to follow. Especially when the person we’re supposed to be following goes in a direction we’re not comfortable with, or a way that requires changing what we have planned.
Whether we’re dancing, working, learning, or trying to navigate a relationship, following requires setting aside my way, my assumptions, and my leading. Following involves submission. The recognition that the one leading knows the way—or at least is in the position to tell me where to go or what to do.
Perhaps that’s why when the Disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray, he included this important principle in his teaching. Tucked there in the midst of words about forgiveness, provision, and honoring God, we are reminded to ask our Father to lead us.
And he will give us grace to follow.