Generating the Question
I’m a teacher and this means creating syllabi, preparing lectures, setting up focus sessions on the Internet, making up review questions for quizzes and exams, giving quizzes and exams, and of course, grading all the assignments with the help of a skilled TA. This is all part of our normal American approach to education, but does this model ignore the most powerful arrow in a teacher’s quiver?
For example, we all realize that we need to pray more. So suppose you’re a pastor, youth leader, or a lay teacher, and you want to teach those under your care how to pray. How do you do it?
I’ve spent hours in meetings with professional ministers through the years seeking to come up with creative titles for the new church series on prayer complete with power point presentations, printed materials, videos and online access to even more written material. This is our 21st century method of teaching, but is it how Jesus taught His disciples to pray?
“Now it happened that one day Jesus was in a certain place praying. When He was finished, one of His disciples said to Him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray like John taught his disciples.’” Luke 11:1
Jesus, the master teacher, knew how to generate the most important question a teacher can generate from their students, “Will you teach us?” When they ask this question, they are then ready to learn, and Jesus demonstrates how to get students to ask. It’s not by a cleverer branding of the lesson, but by the fact that He actually prayed and His disciples saw Him do it.
So if I want to deepen the prayer life of my students at Southern Bible Institute, I need to pray. This is far more important than the Power Point or books on prayer I might use to teach them the meaning of the Lord’s Prayer that we’ll look at in tomorrow’s devo.
LORD, thanks for Dr. Bruce Waltke who not only taught me how to understand the Hebrew Scriptures more than anyone, but who modeled at the beginning of every class how to pray by actually praying. Years later, it’s those prayers that keep challenging me to connect with You daily.
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