Tag: teach us to pray
Scripture reading for April 4th: Luke 10:38-11:13
“Persistence breaks down resistance.” This little saying turns out to be similar to a teaching of Jesus about the importance of praying with persistence. The resistance isn’t on God’s part, however. God loves to answer prayers and to give good gifts to His children. Persistence is an exercise of faith that keeps our hearts focused on God for the answer to our prayers in impossible situations.
The disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray. Jesus responded by teaching them a short prayer that would help them approach God with a right heart and perspective. First, God was their ‘Father’ and was holy and to be approached with reverence. He had a plan and His followers should always line their requests up with His kingdom and will. They were always to recognized their dependence on God for daily sustenance and forgiveness of sins. Only God could deliver them from temptation and the evil one, Satan. His followers must ask God to do that. (Luke 11:2-4)
Then Jesus told them a story about a friend who had a need in the middle of the night. He went to his friend’s house and began to knock on the door. The friend was at first unwilling to get up and give him what he needed. But because of persistence, this friend got up and gave the man what he needed. This applies to prayer as well. We are to ask and keep on asking, seek and keep on seeking, and knock and keep on knocking. The one who by faith persists will find the answer.
True faith trusts the character and word of God. It is unwilling to give up at the first adversity. Faith is the result of hearing God’s word and choosing to believe and wait for the answer. Faith is anchored in God and His faithfulness to what He has promised. Prayer is an act of love and conversation with the object of that love that builds faith and trust. God talks to us and we talk to Him. Each party listens and responds. The asking, seeking, and knocking end up in answers, finding, and opened doors! Develop a daily time of persistent prayer with the One who loves you! Use the pattern Jesus taught and be faithful!
Scripture reading for October 25th: Luke 10-12
“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 Jesus was a man of prayer. He always spent time communing with the Father to determine what He was to do and where He was to go. The disciples often watched Him pray and one was curious enough to ask Him for help. I don’t know about you, but I could use some help learning how to pray more effectively!
“He said to them, “When you pray, say, “Father, hallowed be Your Name, Your kingdom come, Give us this day our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation.” (Luke 11:2-4) These simple instructions were not meant to be used as a prayer to be said by memory. Jesus was teaching them principles of prayer. First, God is our Father and is holy. We should show Him reverence for His position as Father and because of His holiness. Another principle is that we must submit our will to God’s kingdom. We are to be praying more in submission to God than demanding God do what we want.
We are to ask God daily for our needs to be met. God is the source of our daily bread that sustains our physical life, as well as our spiritual nourishment in Jesus Christ. We are dependent people who humbly recognize our need of God’s provision. We especially need forgiveness of sins. Jesus notes that we must also willingly forgive those who have sinned against us. We also need help avoiding temptation and must ask God for it. We are very dependent on God’s grace and help.
We are to go after what we need from God by persistent asking and knocking! “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened.” (Luke 11:9-10) The Amplified Bible translates the verbs in the continuous sense of “ask and keep on asking; seek and keep on seeking; knock and keep on knocking.” Prayer is so important for us as children of our Father! We must humbly ask Him for all our needs and be persistent! PUSH: Pray Until Something Happens!