Day 40 of 40-Day Prayer Challenge
”Lord, teach us to pray.” Luke 11:1
I wonder how the disciples felt when they heard Jesus pray. I wonder if that’s why they asked Him, “Lord, teach us to pray.” Jesus’ prayers were so qualitatively different that the disciples felt like they’d never really prayed before. Notice what the disciples didn’t ask. They didn’t say, “Lord teach us to preach.” They didn’t say, “Teach us to lead,“ or even, “Lord, teach us to disciple.” All of those endeavors are noble. But they have one request: “Lord, teach us to pray.”
If we change the way we pray, everything changes. It changes the way we work, the way we parent, and the way we lead. It changes the way we prioritize and strategize. It changes the way we think, the way we feel, and the way we speak. Prayer change everything from the inside out.
The word prayer often induces feelings of guilt simply because we don’t do enough of it or because we feel inept when we don’t know what to say. But instead of feelings of guilt, the thought of prayer should induce unbridled excitement because nothing is more potent than kneeling before God Almighty.
Don’t beat yourself up over past failures or present struggles. Simply do what the disciples did. Ask Jesus to help you, to teach you. Let their simple request become your modus operandi: “Lord, teach us to pray.”
If you don’t know where to start, or if you get stuck, go back to the Bible. Start reading, and God will start speaking. That’s when you need to stop reading and start praying. Words, phrases, or verses will jump off the page and into your spirit.
Prayer is the difference between appointments and divine appointments. Prayer is the difference between good ideas and God-ideas. Prayer is the difference between the favor of God and the luck of the draw. Prayer is the difference between closed doors and open doors. Prayer is the difference between possible and impossible. Prayer is the difference between the best we can do and the best God can do.
July 31, 2018