DAY TWENTY – TEACH US TO PRAY
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One Day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When He finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” Luke 11:1
Luke 11 includes what has become known as The Lord’s Prayer. As a child, I was required to memorize The Lord’s Prayer in Sunday school and I have never forgotten it. A few years ago, I was reading Luke 11 as part of my daily reading plan in my journey to read the Bible in one year. Luke 11:1 came alive to me that day and has been the cry of my heart and the starting place of my prayers since that time.
Can you imagine what it was like to be present when Jesus was praying? Did the disciples hear Jesus’s words as He was praying? Were they close enough to see His face? Did He stand, or kneel? Did He close His eyes or bow His head? What a powerful encounter that must have been; so much so that one disciple was bold enough to ask, “Lord, teach US to pray!”
The disciples were faithful and devoted Jewish men with a tradition of daily prayer and worship as was required of all Jewish adult males. Following the Jewish custom, Jesus and the disciples prayed three times per day; morning, afternoon, and evening. Based on the disciples’ request, we can assume that there was far more to Jesus’ prayer than the traditional Jewish model He grew up learning.
The chapter does not tell us any other details about Jesus’ initial prayer, so we are left to fill in the blanks on our own. What the chapter does tell us is that Jesus responded to the disciples’ request with a prayer. He gave the disciples what He so boldly requested. It has been my experience that when I ask Him, “Lord teach me to pray,” He always responds.
When we struggle with prayer, we can always ask Jesus as the disciples did, “Lord teach us to pray.”
Prayer: Lord, teach me to pray! I ask that you perfect a lifestyle of prayer in my everyday life and help me to love you and the Father with greater passion through it all! In Jesus name, amen.