Scripture: “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 (NKJV).
Meditate: There is so much to learn from that one verse, but for now, I’ll only stick to why Jesus’ disciples asked Him, “Lord, teach us to pray.” In short, they were asking, Lord, would You please teach us Your way of prayer? In reply, Jesus gives them a model prayer, outlining important prayer points for us to follow.
Please note (to the best of my knowledge), nowhere in Scripture do you find the disciples asking Jesus to teach them on how to preach or teach, or walk on water, or… but only on how to pray. These simple (mostly uneducated) disciples had more spiritual discernment than the much educated (especially these days), for they understood all that Jesus did was an outflow from His prayer life and that He spent more time in prayer, and alone!
That speaks volumes of their spiritual perception on having understood the importance of prayer, which sadly is the great spiritual poverty these days in Christendom – the lack of it. I’d rather learn how to pray and be able to pray effectively and be approved as a true worshipper, than focus on being recognized as a great preacher, teacher, worship leader and the like... Far be it from us to long for such nametags and not be recognized as a true worshipper.
Word based prayer life connects us to God and is the most effective way to build a strong relationship with God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit). Since Jesus Christ never taught His disciples how to preach or teach but only how to pray, shouldn’t our focus be on learning on how to pray effectively? Believe me, when this is in place, all else (God’s blessings) will follow and fall into place.
Bottom-line, Jesus Christ never taught His disciples specifically on how to preach, teach, or… but only how to pray. Preaching, teaching etc… should be birthed out of our prayer lives as the early Church, then we would get the same results like they did – extraordinary results! Our prayer must also be, “Lord, teach us to pray!”