Teach us to pray
Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.” Luke 11:1
Have you ever felt like you didn’t quite know how to pray? Maybe you spend time praying, but you are never sure if you are doing it right? I do believe that God is listening any time we call out to Him regardless of how it is done, but in today’s scripture, Jesus gives a pretty detailed model of what our prayers should be like and consist of. A structure and order of how to have an effective prayer life. When His disciples came to Him and specifically asked Jesus to teach them to pray, He broke it down into sections in verses 2-4. I believe Jesus was showing them an example, not that they were to pray the exact words that He said. So He said to them, when you pray,
Our Father in heaven, Hallowed Your name. Starting with praise, worship and acknowledging Who He is and Who you are talking/praying to.
Your kingdom come. Your will be done in the earth just as it is in heaven. Pray for God’s will to be done.
Give us today and the bread/provision we need today. Pray for God’s provision.
forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. Receive and give forgiveness:
do not lead us into temptation but deliver us from evil. Deliverance from the enemy.
It doesn’t say it in this passage, but in another gospel of the same account He ended the prayer with:
Yours is the kingdom and power and glory forever. End with thanksgiving:
Using this guide, our praying can look something like this:
Precious Heavenly Father, Holy and Wonderful is Your name (Psalms 139:14. Thank you for bringing Your kingdom to this world through having your will through my prayers today. Thank you for providing all that we need today to live life abundantly as you have planned (John 10:10). Thank you for your salvation and forgiveness in Christ Jesus our Savior. Empower me to extend that forgiveness to those who hurt or offend me (Eph. 4:32). Keep me far from temptation and deliver me from any traps the enemy tries to catch me in. Because it is by your power and glory that Your kingdom rules over everything (Psalms 103:19). Thank You for having all the power and glory for all eternity! Amen
Of course, your prayer will not be just like that, but you pray from your heart in the areas Jesus highlighted. That doesn’t mean those are the only areas you pray about. We bring all things to our Heavenly Father but following this pattern will help you to know you are praying in a way that honors God and that brings Him in close!
Today I want to encourage you to spend some time praying in your secret place. Set aside special quiet time to talk to your loving Father. Take time to listen to the soft words He whispers to your heart. Then write down those things so you can be praying oven them in the coming days. Make your time with God the most precious time of each day and He will see you in secret, but your reward will be open for everyone to see the goodness of God’s love working in your everyday life.
Today’s scripture reading: Luke 11:1-4
1 Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.”
2 So He said to them, “When you pray, say:
Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
3 Give us day by day our daily bread.
4 And forgive us our sins,
For we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.”