Lord, teach us to pray

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.”

He said to them, “When you pray, say:

hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come.[b]
Give us each day our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins,
    for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.[c]
And lead us not into temptation.[d]’”

Then Jesus said to them, “Suppose you have a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread;a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have no food to offer him.’ And suppose the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’ I tell you, even though he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship, yet because of your shameless audacity[e] he will surely get up and give you as much as you need.

“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

11 “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for[f] a fish, will give him a snake instead? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?13 If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”  Luke 11:1-13

After Jesus had spent sometime praying one of the disciples ask the Lord to teach them how to pray.  Jesus life was built upon the place of prayer and everything He did was done through the power of the Holy Spirit alone.  It was prayer that unlocked the power of the Holy Spirit in His life.

The example He gives to the disciples begins with praise and worship to His Father in Heaven.  Then He simply asks for His needs to be met and that we should ask for our sins to be forgiven and that we would forgive those who have sinned against us.  That we would not be led into temptation.  This is a model prayer, but once we begin to make prayer a priority in our life we grow in our prayer life.  We begin to open our heart unto the Lord and the desires within us begin to change.  We no longer desire to pray for things that are self-centered.  Our prayers instead become kingdom centered seeing God’s will be done and His kingdom come.

Jesus then goes on to teach the disciples a very important principle of God’s kingdom when it comes to prayer.  The principle is perseverance in the place of prayer.  The example Jesus gives is someone who goes very late at night and asks for bread when everyone has already been locked up in the house and put to bed.  But Jesus teaches them the importance on continuing in the place of prayer and contending for an answer.  To ask, seek, and knock until the door is open.

The person asking for bread could have given up after the first request, but they continued on and were eventually answered.  Often times when we pray we cannot see all that is taking place in the spiritual realm.  But every time we go before the Lord in prayer things are happening and God is releasing His plans and His purposes.  We may find ourselves in a season where we have been faithful daily in prayer for a very long time and have not yet seen the answer.  We cannot give up hope, we must stand upon God’s word and His truth.  He will answer in His due time when we pray according to the Father’s will and in the name of Jesus.

Jesus ends this section by showing how even though we who are evil do give good gifts to our children.  If this indeed is the case how much more our Heavenly Father in Heaven who perfect and who is love will give us good gifts.  But where the struggle takes place in the place of prayer is that God’s timing and our timing is drastically different.  There is a very deep work that takes place in the heart and life of the believer as they are steadfast in the place of prayer and wait patiently upon the Lord.  The Lord will answer in His due time and the blessing He will pour out in our lives is far greater than we could even ask or imagine.  He has asked us to simply ask, seek, and knock.  Let us not make prayer more complicated than it is.  It is a place of deep intimacy with our Father in Heaven.

It is here that we are able to draw near with confidence because of the blood of Jesus.  It is here that we are able to pour out hearts out to our Father in Heaven.  Praying forth His will and praying that His justice and righteousness be poured out upon the earth.  That His grace and mercy would be poured out.  That His kingdom would come and His will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.  This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and not miss the opportunity we have to flood the throne of Heaven with our prayers.  It is at the prayers of God’s sons and daughters that the angels of Heaven are activated and the purposes and plans of God carried out.  If desire a deeper prayer life with the Lord simply ask Him to teach you how to pray.


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