Luke 11: 1 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.”
I love to see things like this, the disciples are talking to Jesus… and asking how to learn to pray. They are sitting in front of God Himself and the pressing thing on their mind is the need to be taught how to pray. They didn’t ask Him how to organize a small group, how to lead a Scripture study, nope… prayer. Not only that but they mention that John taught his disciples how to pray! Yet how many of us are asking “can you teach us to pray?”
I feel it may be partly arrogant, as in “I’m not a child I know how to pray,” yet these young men had clearly been raised around the religious setting and had seen people pray! Did they know how people usually prayed? I think we could say with a resounding YES they did…. but they wanted what Christ had. They saw the power and benefit of John’s prayer life, Christ’s prayer life, and they knew they needed it.
This last week we were talking about prayer during our Sunday service. We plan on doing this weekly as a part of everything we do so that we can push in on the very resource Christ used often. Luke 5:16 says (about Jesus) He Himself often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed. This resource is vital and we need to not just learn that we need to pray, but how to pray better.
We are looking for change and a revival yet we hope it will come from people following what the pastor says once a week. Wouldn’t it be better if we saw people daily communicating with God and hearing confirmation about His plan, or new areas we can reach out into? Those same people who used to only come to receive can now come to receive, but also to share what they’ve been hearing!! *cough* testimonies *cough* Whew sorry… something in my throat. Perhaps instead of people coming once a week to hear God speak they could communicate with Him daily…
We want to teach the Church how to fish… so they can eat daily! God leads us, and the only way to fully walk in that direction is to be in prayer. We need to pray more, but also pray better… That’s the journey we are on this week in our devotions. We are taking a break from Ephesians to push in on prayer!
Take a listen to this weeks message if you haven’t, it’s a quick fly through about prayer, and we will be unpacking each of those points this week in our devotions.
Spend 1-2 minutes thanking God that you have access to talk directly with Him, the Creator!! Then spend 2-3 minutes asking God to give you the desire to learn to pray more, perhaps even to stop skipping over this part of the devotion… I know some of you do!
Do you pray with your spouse, children, or friends? What if you did that? 😱 What if you prayed for people who asked you to pray for them RIGHT THEN?! This is ridiculous, completely preposterous… How could someone expect this?! lol go get it.
My internet isn’t working well enough to watch videos today… so I am picking this song but did not listen to it while writing the devotion. (which I usually do) USUALLY I take the song that is included here and I worship with it in the morning… today… nope. So hopefully this video isn’t just click bate and some dude eating cookies in it. The Worship Initiative is usually pretty solid… so it likely won’t be.