READING: Judges 3-5, Luke 10:25-11:13
I wish everyone had a prayer warrior hero. Few of us, I fear, can speak of such a person. We learn how to pray almost by accident, not because someone has intentionally modeled and taught prayer for us.
Not so for the disciples of Jesus. They were privileged to be with Jesus when He prayed. They heard Him pray in ways like they had never heard. They likely knew the ritual of prayer in Judaism – that is, they knew to pray because that’s what they were supposed to do. What they saw in Jesus’ prayer, though, was something decidedly different: they saw prayer not as a ritual, but as a relationship. Surely, they were amazed when they eavesdropped on the conversation between the Father and the Son. It’s no wonder, then, that one of the disciples said to Jesus after He finished praying, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John also taught his disciples” (Luke 11:1).
Jesus also reminds us that our Father is a good Father who desires to give Himself to us. When that’s the case, why would we not want to bring our heart to Him? Why would we not pray in such a way that others would want to learn prayer from us?
PRAYER: “Lord Jesus, teach me to pray.”
TOMORROW’S READING: Review and catch-up day