Luke 11:1-4 (NKJV) 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, as John also taught his disciples.” 2 So He said to them, “When you pray, say: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. 3 Give us day by day our daily bread. 4 And forgive us our sins, For we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one.”
Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ would often go somewhere alone to pray. Jesus’ disciples have seen Him do this, and they heard Him pray. At one point, one of His disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray because he wanted to pray like Jesus prayed. When Jesus prays, He is at God’s right hand making intercession for us. Jesus is our Great High Priest who is seated at the right hand of the Father where He intercedes for us. And it is still a good idea to ask Jesus to teach us how to pray. So that we could pray like Jesus prayed, that our prayers can get through to God. Now, this disciple asked Jesus, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.” You see my friends John the Baptist was a man of prayer. Would anyone say that about us? That we are a man or woman of prayer. All of God’s great servants lived a prayerful life. But the problem with many believers and the church today is prayerlessness. “If failing to do something we are commanded to do is sin, then prayerlessness is surely a major sin for believers. There are some very specific ways to help us move away from this sin and into greater praying. Perhaps the most foundational issue here is that prayerlessness is a declaration that we do not need God.” This is why this section of the Gospels is very important. Because it introduces to us a model prayer. It is not intended to be a public speech to express an excessive awareness of ourselves. Rather, it is to be a model for spontaneous and personal prayers. It shows us how to pray to God our heavenly Father as we would carry on a conversation with our own fathers. We can be open, truthful and straightforward with God. We don’t have to use flowery words, and we don’t have to beat around the bush. We can get right to the point. This model prayer that Jesus gives to us opens with worship; “Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.” Then first of all, we ought to ask for God’s will to be done in our lives; “Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.” It is useless to ask God to have His way in your life if you really do not mean it. If you are not going to submit to yourself to God and obey Him. You need to have an honest heartfelt desire for God’s will in your life. Then we ought to ask for God’s provision; “Give us day by day our daily bread.” God is our Provider and He is our Sustainer. Then we ought to pray “And forgive us our sins, For we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us.” We are to confess our sins. And we ought to forgive those who sin against us. Not that we might be forgiven for our own sins, but because God had forgiven us. As it is said in Ephesians 4:32 (NKJV), “And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.” Then we ought to pray for God to get us out of sin quickly whenever we fall into sin. We ought to pray that God will not leave us to our own demise, but He should mercifully get us out of the pig pen of sin and that He will deliver us from the Devil. And so, we ought to pray “And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one.” My friends, Jesus showed us how to be men and women of prayer. Would you be one? We desperately need more prayer worriers today.
God Bless and have a great day in God’s Word.