“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…” (Luke 11:1)
I have often wondered what it would have been like to be one of the disciples and have had the opportunity to hear Jesus praying to His Father. I can only imagine that it must have felt a little like listening in on a private conversation between your parents, only understanding some parts here and there but really wanting to be like the grownups. One thing is for sure, it was inspiring. Jesus’ walk with His Father was such that it caused His disciples to crave to know the kind of relationship with God that He had, "Lord, teach us to pray.” This was doubtless one of the reasons why Jesus allowed His disciples to observe His prayer life, so that they would want more. But it was not until they came to Him begging to be taught how to have that kind of connection that He began to teach them. The connection was always available but it had to be sought, "Lord, teach us to pray.” Then, and only then, would the door be opened to them.
The world we live in is full to the brim, life rushes at us so quickly that we barely have time to process the day before it is over. Work, meals, entertainments, difficulties, distractions, and many other little things demand our attention calling for us to give ourselves over to their demands. The disciples were not strangers to this reality either, Matthew had his tax booth, Peter and Andrew and the Sons of Zebedee had their nets. There were plenty of demands on their time and attention but in the midst of all of their hustle and bustle there was a craving for something more. In walking with Jesus and observed how different His walk was than theirs they found what had been missing, “Lord, teach us to pray.” They knew that the other demands of life would not give them fulfillment or fill the hole that was in their experience, "Lord teach us to pray.” Do we feel that need? Do we know what it is to be harried by life? Is there a longing for something more? Has our walk with God become stale? Or perhaps it was never much to write home about in the first place? “Lord, teach us to pray!”
We live in a world rapidly spinning out of control. Everything around us screams that the signs that Jesus predicted regarding the state of the world, the church, society and family are nearing total fulfillment. We are a generation on the edge of eternity. Now, as never before, we are in desperate need of that life-giving connection with Heaven. Do we hunger for true communion with God? Or are we lulled sleep by Satan’s siren song? Is this not a time when we too should be crying out “Lord, teach us to pray?” This fall our district is going to engage in a prayer retreat weekend from October 28-30. It will be specifically geared to help us go deeper in our walk with God or start one for the first time. Please mark your calendars and plan to participate in this weekend at Broken Arrow Ranch as we earnestly seek to draw near to the Throne of Grace, “Lord, teach us to pray!”