Lord, teach us to pray
Reflections on Luke 11 – LORD, TEACH US TO PRAY.
(This and subsequent posts were originally posted to Facebook during August 2016)
Over the past month I’ve spent pretty much ALL of my study/devotional time in Luke 11. ‘Lord, teach us to pray…’ Humbly I realise that most of my Bible reading is far too shallow. Perhaps that is because I’m a product of our generation of far too much sensory input, thus reducing the depth of each morsel of information coming in. Here then is observation #1
Luk 11:1-13 NIV One day Jesus was praying in a certain place.
Let’s not forget that this wonderful teaching moment came about because his disciples observed Jesus PRAYING. You might remember that wonderful statement by Augustine I think it was, ‘preach the gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words.’ This is a beautiful example of just that.
It reminds me too that we are following our Lord’s example when we are willing to pray even in a public space, as the Spirit leads. Recently, a group of us men prayed for one of our number at a local restaurant/café in response to a need expressed.
Do people around us observe us as ‘praying Christians?’ Not the kind who pray for egotistical reasons, like the Pharisees in Matthew 6, the other time at which Jesus taught his followers to pray. No, praying as the Spirit leads is a much different thing, a devotional/ministering activity unconcerned with the world around and its censure or curiosity. These people KNOW by vital experience that their prayer life is even more necessary than eating.