“Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord teach us to pray as John taught his disciples.” Luke 11:1
Are your prayers weak? Often as I was growing up I would hear all kinds of prayers, requests, anthems, and statements made towards God that conditioned my mind to think “I guess that’s how I am supposed talk to God.” These prayers I would hear from either pastors, parents, other students, and so on, sounded good, but I never really sensed any power from them. As I continued to grow in my maturity as a follower of Jesus, not only did I feel like I should emulate how others prayed, but I guess it should be as dry and flat as theirs. I would embark upon a high school graduation only to hear scripted prayers that felt meaningless and sounded fake. And with all honesty…it really started to bother me. “My prayers shouldn’t sound weak Lord” I would cry out. I found myself wanting to pray like Jesus did! And what’s funny is that I wasn’t the only one who felt this! As I continued to read the word of God, something through the power of the Holy Spirit showed me has changed me forever, and I hope it speaks to you as well!
“Lord teach us to pray…” Now these disciples have traveled with Jesus all over. They have seen his miracles and have gotten to experience his teaching like no other. These disciples were getting the first hand school of Jesus as they walked with him through life. Here’s what’s amazing to me, they would ask this one thing of Jesus. They would inquire about this obvious skill or personal devotion and discipline that Jesus had. “Lord teach us to pray…”
They wouldn’t ask how to teach, perform miracles, or how to make lame people walk. They would say, “Lord teach us to pray…” “Lord we have to figure out this prayer thing! Teach us!” Jesus, our perfect savior and Lord, took prayer seriously and his prayer life would obviously overflow into his public life to where people thought, “This man has just been with God.” Might I add that Jesus’ prayers were probably not sissy prayers? Get your mind around the fact that Jesus was PERFECT and needed to pray. One more time, PERFECT. I know none of us are on that level, so yes we all NEED to do so. Yet, he prayed as one passionately desiring to commune with the Father. Boldly as one who needed his presence. Humbly as a servant ready to do God’s will. I want to ask like the disciples “Lord, teach ME to pray!”
Jesus then says in Luke 11:2 “When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread, and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation.” Jesus has given us steps we can use to really pray. We can pray honest, real, genuine, sincere prayers to our Father! Talk to your dad!
I want to give you an acronym I have stumbled across that has helped me even recently. The acronym ACTS.
A – Adoration – Do you adore God when you pray?
C – Confession – Be real, upfront about sins you are struggling with.
T – Thanksgiving – Develop a habit of thankfulness for what God has given you.
S – Supplication – Asking from God should be the last thing we do, after we have exalted him!
No more sissy prayers. Pray as one who actually BELIEVES in WHO you are praying too!