“He was praying in a certain place, and when He finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” (Luke 11:1)
This verse sets the scene for the Lord to share with his disciples and with us the model prayer. I grew up learning this prayer as the “Our Father” or the “Lord’s prayer”. I actually learned it in both Latin and English as a young boy. For me, it was the first Scripture verses that I ever memorized. I really enjoy this prayer and as an adult find incredible meaning as I carefully reflect on each verse found in the model prayer.
However, I must admit that it did not teach me how to pray. It taught me how to recite a prayer but just reciting words is not necessarily learning. I began to learn how to pray by watching and listening to how others prayed. Just this last year, I began a study on prayer that made me realize that I could greatly increase my knowledge of prayer by studying the perfect role model; Jesus Christ.
As I read a book about the prayer life of Jesus, I was amazed at how much Jesus taught and role modeled on prayer. I could not help but ask myself why I have not studied the prayer life of Jesus before to help me mature as a Christian. My desire has always been to be like Jesus but I found that I was neglecting to examine and learn from Him about how to pray.
All of us learn from role models. All of us know we need to learn how to improve our prayer life. Why would we not ask Jesus to teach us just as His disciples did when they recognized the depth and power of His prayer life?
Personal Application: Reflect on how you learned how to pray? Reflect on the role models that have influenced your prayer life. Ask Jesus to teach you to pray.
Home Application: Discuss with your household how they have learned to pray. Have they only been taught to pray during meals? Discuss with them how they might use Jesus as a role model for learning how to pray.
How are you going to pray like Jesus today?
Devotional written by Mike Stevens