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.” Luke 11:1 (NIV)
Teach Me To Pray
Is this what you want? Is what do I want? Do you want me to teach you to pray? Yes, I want you to teach me to pray. I want to live in an intimate relationship with you. I want to know you. I want to love and follow and serve you. I want to live my entire with and for you. I want to accomplish your purposes. I want to fulfill your plans. I want to shine brightly as your witness in the world. I want to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. How could any of this happen if I did not allow you to teach me to pray. Without prayer, I would not know you or your will. Without prayer. I would not receive your instruction or follow your guidance. In fact, how could I even call you Lord if I wasn’t living a life of attentively listening to you. I want to walk through life with you. I want to live my life in a constant dialogue with you. Without prayer, I would never be able to live the life that you have called me to live. All of what you have said is true.
What must you do if you are serious about allowing me to teach you to pray? Many have said that they want me to teach them to pray. Far fewer have allowed me to teach them to pray. If I am to allow you to teach me to pray, I must come to meet with you in prayer. I must set aside a time and place to meet with you in prayer. I must withdraw from the noise and busyness of life to make myself available to you. I must quiet myself before you. I must focus my heart and mind and life on you. Why is all this true? Learning to pray will not be easy. Learning to pray will require effort. What kind of effort will be required of you? I must turn myself over to you. I must be fully attentive to you. I must yearn to hear from you. Why is this true? I am hard of hearing. I am not a good listener. You must make me able to hear. You must strengthen me so that I can hear from you. You must remove anything that is in me that makes me hard of hearing. I have no doubt that you will do all this for me as I meet with you in prayer, as I seek you with all my heart. You will make me able to hear and know and love and follow and serve you. You will certainly teach me to pray. Yes, I will. Draw near to me now, the teaching will begin. Thank you, Lord.
Lord, that is my prayer. That is my desire. That is my request. Teach me to pray. Draw me near to you. Quiet me in your presence. Help me to hear your voice. Speak to me. I’m listening. Teach me. Use my prayers to accomplish your purposes and plans. Amen
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