This is the third part of the series, if you missed the last post, read it HERE.
One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples” Luke 11:1
Prayer, the soul’s sincere desire, uttered, or unexpressed.
The deepest need of the Church today is not for any material or external thing but is spiritual. Prayerless work will never bring in the kingdom. We neglect to pray in a prescribed way. We seldom enter the closet and shut the door for a season of prayer. Kingdom interests are pressing on us thick and fast and we must pray. —Dr. A. J. Gordon
Having seen the life of Jesus, and His commitment to seeking the face of God, the disciples asked, “teach us to pray”. Not as though they weren’t involved in some form of prayers before now; such a request to be taught on prayer was birthed because they saw a man whose life was founded on prayers, that was different from that they had known.
More so, they saw in him the capacity to teach such, not as a monument but as a life. So primary was prayer, that it was part of Jesus’ first sermon at the mount in Matthew 6.
I then considered the life of Jesus; how going to the synagogue was his custom Luke 4vs16, and how he saw the temple as a house of prayer (Mk 11 vs 17). It would be right from these two verses to see that Jesus frequented the temple to pray.
Looking further into how much he prevailed in prayers, Luke 3 vs 21 describes how he was in prayers while being baptized and heavens broke loose upon him, the power of the Holy Ghost. He went from there to fulfilling his ministry.
Luke 6 vs 16 describes how he withdrew himself into the wilderness to pray and the next time he was teaching, men gathered, and the power of God was present to heal.
Before he chose his disciples, he prayed all night. It was in the place of prayer the fashion of his countenance was changed. When the devil had settled to sift the faith of Simon, Jesus arrested the case in the place of prayer. And the supposed shaking reed yet became a rock!
Demonstrating that in prayers, the gates of hell cannot prevail against the church. While he was in agony, weak to travail at Gethsemane, he still prayed and when he was strengthened, he prayed more earnestly perspiring blood. And now, he yet prays at the right hand of the father for the sake of the saints and those that are yet to know him. What a life!
Edward Payson said, “prayer is the first thing, the second thing, the third thing necessary to a minister. Pray, then, my dear brother pray, pray, pray.”
Jesus taught consistency in prayer as a demonstration of faith and a key to not entering temptation. (Luke 18; 1-8,22;40).
It’s time we the church neglected this lackadaisical attitude towards prayer and go to Him requesting as His disciples, “teach us to pray Lord!”. This must be the deep cry of our hearts. O’ that we behold the master’s life and lay hold on prayer power.
This is our license to command the same result as He did. That we may sit at His feet and draw, so that in this grace also, we walk just as He walked. That we may also teach in living and speaking since the charge Jesus left was, ‘go ye therefore and teach all nations, teaching them to observe all things whatever I have commanded you: Matthew 28 vs 19-20.
So friend, Go ye therefore and TEACH men to pray
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