1Now 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.”2And he said to them, “When you pray, say: “Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. 3Give us each day our daily bread, 4and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation.” —Luke 11:1-4
Today, I’d like the bulk of my comments to you to be prayer. We can talk about prayer, but it’s ultimately more important to pray. Our biggest problem isn’t that we don’t know how to pray; our problem is that we simply don’t pray. So let’s remedy that a little today . . .
Lord, it seems unusual even that we would pray about praying. But You see us, how weak we are and how prone to wander we are. We are reminded that even the Lord Jesus prayed—the disciples watched Him for three years and didn't ask Him how to preach. They didn't ask Him how to heal, but they did say, "Lord, teach us to pray."
Father, there was something about Your Son in the way that He communicated with You that was so pure and passionate and powerful; and we want more of it, and we want to come back to it again. So, we pray that You would engage our hearts afresh in the priority of prayer—not just us as individuals, not just us as families. We pray that You would engage our church in prayer. Lord, You said, "My house shall be called a house of prayer," (Matthew 21:13) and we pray, O God, that this house would be a house of prayer and this worshiping, Word-centered people would be a people of prayer afresh.
How often we have lacked because we have not asked. But we do ask Your forgiveness, and we thank You for Your mercy and Your patience with us. We pray for the men of our churches, that You would make us men of prayer. And we pray for the women of our churches, that You would make them women of prayer. O God, grow afresh this longing to be in conversation with You. Stir it up within us, we pray. In Jesus’ name, Amen. —James MacDonald
· How does this prayer echo my desire for a more intimate relationship with God? (Take enough time to be specific.)
Prayer – Father in heaven, accept the prayers above, the one You taught Your disciples and the one modeled for me as my prayer today. Let me rest in the trust expressed as I go about my day. Help me to remember that You will be with me everywhere I go and through every moment of living. In Jesus’ name, Amen.