LET US PRAY...
Luke 11:1-2– And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.
And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.
Insight and Highlight
The Lord's prayer, though appears simple and short, expresses all that we should seek to ask: the Kingdom of God and its righteousness.
Jesus was praying. His disciples either heard Him or saw Him as He prayed.
All they saw needful was that they wished they will have the same Spirit as He had and that they could pray as He prayed.
So, they asked that they be taught how to pray.
Jesus gave them a reproduction of the Sermon on the Mount in Matt 6:9-11 but with slight variation.
The Lord's Prayer is God's "template" of the foundation upon which Kingdom minders ought to build their petitions.
It must have been that the Spirit in which Jesus prayed, was one which the disciples wished they could enter into.
Though one may wonder why they would be asking Jesus how they could pray given that the same prayer had earlier been taught on the Mount.
It is however important to note about prayer that: though we may know the pattern of prayer, have prayer points, prepare ourselves in fasting but entering into the same Spirit as Jesus to render prayers that will avail to God is important for believers to adopt.
About this same Spirit that was seen in Jesus that prompted the disciples to ask this question, the Father says in Rom 8:36 that, when we do not know what we ought to pray, the Spirit makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
The Spirit also helps our infirmities, weaknesses because we often give up praying asking ourselves if we truly know how to pray and if we do, why are we not receiving answers from God.
So the question, teach us how to prayer finds its answers in Matt 6:9-11, Luke 11:1-2, and Rom 8:36.
Call to Word action
If we wish to pray as Jesus prayed, we must be prepared to live as He lived.
Philippians 2:52– Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
The Christian clarion duty
When asked to pray, first enter and seek after the Kingdom's fulness.
Matt 6:33– But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Lord, help me as l pray. Help me that l do not pray in vain, in Jesus' name.
Good morning all and have a blessed day.
God bless you.