Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” Luke 11:1 (ESV)
Take A Seat
I have heard your prayer. You are asking me to teach you how to pray. Is that correct? Yes, that is correct, I want you to teach me how to pray. Where would you need to be if you want me to teach you to pray? I’m not sure what you mean. What would you need to be doing if you really want me to teach you to pray? I suppose I would need to be listening to you. I would need to not be doing something else. I would need to take a seat and enter your classroom of prayer. I would need to listen attentively to all that you wanted to teach me. Yes, that is true.
So how will you enter my classroom of prayer? When will you allow me to teach you how to pray? I will enter your classroom of prayer by making myself available to you. I will withdraw from the noise and busyness of life so that I can hear from you. Will that be easy? Will that come naturally? Will that take some effort? Will that need to become a priority? I know why you are asking me these questions. Why am I asking you these questions? If I don’t schedule a time and select a special place to meet with you in prayer, it will never happen. Life will get busy. I will become distracted. My good intentions will never result in action being taken. I will never learn how to pray on the fly. Life is too busy. Life is too noisy. I will not be able to hear your voice in the busyness or over the noise of life. No, you will not. Will you set a time and pick a special place to meet with me in prayer? Yes Lord, I will.
How often will you meet with me in prayer? How long will my class on prayer last? When will my class on prayer begin? Your class on prayer will begin right now. There is not a moment to waste. I want my instruction to begin immediately. That’s good. Your class on prayer, at least for me, will meet every day. Why is that? There is not a day that I don’t need to hear from you. That’s right. Your class on prayer will not end until the day I come to meet you face to face. Every day you will teach me how to pray. Every day you will give me prayers to pray. You will give me prayers to pray that will bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. Yes, I will.
Lord, that is the prayer of my heart. I want you to teach me how to pray. I will enter your classroom. I will take my seat and sit down so I can receive your instruction. Give me prayers to pray that will bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. Amen
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