Sunday 10th September 2017

Luke 11: 1-13 (NKJV)

Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.” 2So He said to them, “When you pray, say: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. 3Give us day by day our daily bread. 4And forgive us our sins, For we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one.” 5And He said to them, “Which of you shall have a friend, and go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves; 6for a friend of mine has come to me on his journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; 7and he will answer from within and say, ‘Do not trouble me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give to you’? 8I say to you, though he will not rise and give to him because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will rise and give him as many as he needs. 9“So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 11If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? 12Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? 13If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”

The disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray. They must have been praying since they were born, but as they observed Jesus (v.1), they realized that they needed to be taught how to pray. They did not behave as some church members today who do not wish to ask questions about spiritual things they do not understand. The disciples asked and Jesus taught them a model pattern of prayer.

This shows that if we do not thirst for a deeper knowledge of spiritual truths, we might remain at the level where we are, no matter our position in the church hierarchy. The disciples followed Jesus for a long time and witnessed His prayer habits, yet were ignorant of how to pray. In this model prayer, Jesus teaches us to hallow God’s Name in worship. He also taught us to pray for God’s will to be done in the world, to give thanks, confess our sins, request for protection and deliverance from temptation.  It ends with acknowledging God’s Kingdom, awesome power and glory.  This is contrary to most of our prayers which focus only on needs and challenges. We need to learn from the example of Jesus and be encouraged that our heavenly Father is ever ready to answer our prayers.

Prayer: Lord, teach me how to pray.