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TEACH US TO PRAY (i) BY VICTOR MOSES

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

Who Said this?

‘Teach us to Pray’ was a statement made by the disciples to their master Jesus, who had a praying lifestyle, and they had a desire to pattern their lives after his.

This is more than a statement, but a prayer every believer should pray. It’s only Jesus that can teach us how to pray. Prayer is much more than rendering our individual requests and desires.

It is a lifestyle of communion and only Jesus can teach us how to have that. Prayers ought to be prayed in accordance with God’s will. Prayers done outside His will will be mere blabbing and often times, gets no feedback, but prayer done in alignment to God’s will gets Heaven’s response and intervention.

The Lord’s Prayer

Jesus taught his disciples a prayer pattern according to the will of God, which was revealed in our Lord’s prayer.

Based on the request of his disciples, Jesus responded by teaching them how to pray, which also serves as a pattern for us in our generation to pray.

Luke 11:2-4 KJV: “And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples. And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. Give us day by day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil

The prayer guide of Jesus reveals dimensions of prayer patterned according to God’s will.

A Perfect Guide

  1. Our Prayers should be offered to a supreme being, one above us all and one that answers all prayers (Ps 65:2),  who we can boldly call Abba Father. We relate with him as sons not slaves or subjects, but friends in communion, as we talk with him in prayers. We must recognize that our father seats in Heaven but also lives in us and quickens us to pray Rom 8:11.
  2.  We must come before him in reference of his Majesty and greatness. We must come in worship and honor to the only wise God, the creator of all things, who was not created by man.
  3. God is a king and he rules over all. His will is done in heaven and his desires are birthed forth on earth. We establish his will in the place of prayer (Luke 22:42).
  4. God knows that the needs of man are unlimited, but he desires that you ask (Matt 7:7). God is able to meet our daily needs. They are settled in the place of prayer.
  5. God hates sin but loves righteousness. Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God. Purity attracts heavenly attention while sin draws you far away from God. For an effective prayer pattern like the one Jesus had, you must be ready to live a holy life, and be willing to forgive at all times.

Jesus; Our Perfect Example

As a Christian, God is our Father. He instructs us to recognize his nature — God is holy. He wants us to focus on his heart beat, which is ‘that His kingdom be established’. He seeks that we desire the establishment of His will in our lives. He teaches us to appreciate his ability to sustain us on a daily basis. He shows us the need for forgiveness — we need it, and we need to have a forgiving heart towards others.

He reminds us of our responsibility to resist temptation — praying for His help. He teaches us that He is the only one who can save us, delivering us from the evil one.

We need to pray fervently. We need to pray persistently. We need to pray frequently.

Prayer, is very important in our Christian faith. A Prayer less man is a powerless man. All power belongs to Jesus and this is our joy, we render our prayers to the living God, to the creator of the heavens and Earth, who has all powers are subject to his name. This same authority he has given to us as his children. Victory is established in prayer and man cannot survive outside prayer.

Finally my brethren

Sit at the feet of Jesus and learn prayer through continuous communication with him. Pick up the Bible, study the word, meditate on it and learn at his feet daily. When you can no longer find strength, say to your father, ‘Teach Me To Pray’.

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