Teach Us to Pray – Why Now?
Only Jesus had taught his disciples how to pray up to this point; the question is, why now? And, given that prayer was his practice, why did it take him so long to teach his disciples?
Prayer Through Jesus’ Eyes & Action
Jesus chose his twelve apostles through prayer and put his ministry to the test, asking, “Do I go with the crowd or do I go to the cross?” He chose twelve apostles out of all the disciples who followed him, looking for those who could bring Israel and the emerging Christian community together.
The Impact of Prayer on Others
Jesus goes off to a desert or a lonely place to pray at key points in his ministry, according to Luke, and it is in prayer that Jesus gives thanks to God for the faith given to his followers in the mission of the 70.
In John 11, Jesus’ disciples ask him to teach them how to pray after witnessing his miraculous healing of a boy with seizures. Are they succumbing to the same temptation as Jesus, trusting in his own goodness? Or have they realized that if Jesus needs to pray, then we should too?
Questions Raised as We Learn to Pray Like Jesus
Could it be that Jesus and his disciples are struggling with the weight of Jesus’ death? The weight of what it means to be a follower of the Christ, the Messiah, is becoming a reality.
Lord, Teach Us to Pray…
There is a link between prayer and power in Luke’s gospel; we’ve seen Jesus receive clarity, direction, affirmation, and power through prayer, and the disciples’ request and Jesus’ response is more than a reminder of the importance of prayer for them and for us.
What Does Prayer Have to Do with It?
Prayer is our identity as ministers of the gospel through prayer, whether lay or clergy, and it brings clarity, direction, affirmation, and power. When you are ready, you can ask, “Lord, teach us to pray.”
How did Jesus instruct us to pray?
u201cDo not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in synagogues and on street corners to be seen by men… but when you pray, go into your room, close the door, and pray to your father who is unseen,u201d Jesus advised.
When did God stop praying?
Then, in Exodus 14:15, God essentially tells Moses, “Stop praying!” As a pastor who preaches on prayer all the time, I find that very interesting.
Who was the first to pray?
Abraham. Abraham pleads with God not to destroy the people of Sodom, where his nephew Lot lives, in the first notable prayer recorded in the Torah and Hebrew Bible.
What does Psalm 70 say in the Bible?
Psalm 70 1 Come quickly, O God, to save me; come quickly, O LORD, to help me; may those who seek my life be ashamed and perplexed; may all who seek my ruin be humiliated; may those who say to me, “Aha! Aha!” be ashamed and turn back.
Why does God want us to pray?
God’s desire, according to the book of Ephesians, is for us to pray “on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests” (Ephesians 6:18). We turn to prayer because it is the most personal way to experience God, encounter Him, and grow in knowledge of Him.
Are you supposed to pray to God or Jesus?
Praying to God the Father The Bible contains many examples of prayers addressed directly to God. We can’t go wrong when we pray to God the Father, because he is our Creator and the one we should worship. We have direct access to God through Jesus.
How do you pray for someone who has died?
Grant them eternal rest, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them; may their souls, and the souls of all the faithful departed, rest in peace through God’s mercy. Amen. O Lord, your sorrowing Mother stood by your cross; help us to share your sufferings in our sorrows.
What does the Bible says about praying?
The Lord is near; do not be concerned about anything; instead, make your requests known to God in everything through prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.u201d
What are the 4 types of prayer?
u201cPrayer is the raising of the mind and heart to God or the requesting of good things from God,u201d writes John Damascene. This definition encompasses the four main types of prayer: adoration, contrition, thanksgiving, and supplication.
What are the 7 prayers?
Confession, Salvation, Release, Submission, Praise, Promise, and Blessing are among the seven life-changing prayers that help readers find renewal and transformation in their spiritual lives.
What was Jesus first prayer?
“When you pray, say: “Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come; give us daily bread; forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us; and do not lead us into temptation,” he advised.
Who is Psalm 72 talking about?
Psalm 72 is the 72nd psalm in the Book of Psalms, and some commentators believe it was written by David to express his hope for Solomon.
What is the meaning of Psalms 71?
The theme of Psalm 71 is steadfast endurance in one’s final years. This psalm is the prayer of an anonymous saint who trusted God all his life and sought God’s help as he was attacked by enemies. His enemies saw that his strength was waning and assumed that God had abandoned him.
What does make haste to help me mean?
Hurry up, move, or act quickly, as in We’ll be late if you don’t hurry up, or Make it snappy, kids.