Luke 11:1 New Life Version (NLV)
Jesus Teaches His Followers to Pray
11 Jesus had been praying. One of His followers said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray as John the Baptist taught his followers.”
This is one of my favorite passages in the bible. It shows us as believers that we don’t necessarily already KNOW HOW to pray. The disciples understood if they wanted to be “christ-like” they needed to know how to talk to God. What better person to teach us how to pray than Jesus.
Many times we TELL people to pray but we have never taught them how. We say things like “just talk to him” but what does that mean? Surely,if the disciples didn’t know, we too may need to learn the most effective way to communicate with our Heavenly Father.
Jesus teaches by example, he answers them this way. When you pray say THIS. We are all familiar with “the Lord’s prayer” but do we follow that example.
Have we become so spoiled that we immediately start asking for “stuff”
Take a moment and read the prayer
Luke 1:2-4 KJV
2 And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.
3 Give us day by day our daily bread.
4 And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.
Are we praying this way? Are we?
Let’s get back to praying the way Jesus taught the disciples.
Let’s go before him reverencing WHO God is, asking him to not give us what we want but what he wants us to have. Let us not worry about tomorrows needs but only focus on what we need today. Asking God to forgive us for doing things we have no business, and let us forgive anyone who has wronged us. Lastly, asking God not to allow us to be tempted beyond our limits keeping us from all forms of evil. Amen seals it!