Monday Morning Coffee Break – Life With Jesus
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.” 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. Give us day by day our daily bread. 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.” And He said to them, “Which of you shall have a friend, and go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves; for a friend of mine has come to me on his journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; and he will answer from within and say, ‘Do not trouble me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give to you’? I say to you, though he will not rise and give to him because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will rise and give him as many as he needs. “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” (Luke 11:1-13)
Learning To Pray From Jesus
Prayer is a learned part of the life of a Christian. The early followers of Jesus saw the example of Jesus in how often and how long He talked to the Father. They also were impressed with the manner John the Baptist taught his disciples to pray asking Jesus to do the same for them. The simple design of prayer is given by the Lord as He shows the character of pleading the promises of God.
Respect must be given to the Father as the prayer begins recognizing we are not just talking to anyone but the Almighty and Awesome I AM. Prayer removes the will of self desiring only the will of the kingdom to reign in the heart. A dependence on daily needs can only come from the Creator with a spirit of thanksgiving. This includes the knowledge that our spiritual needs of forgiveness will only flow from the throne of God as we show that same love toward others in forgiveness. Prayer is the great tool to defeat Satan as every knee that bows brings fear in the heart of the Deceiver. Prayer is a simple pattern that will grow in time as we learn how to talk with the Father.
The character of prayer also needs persistence. Often we view prayer as a vending machine that we put our ‘quarter-request’ before God and expect to receive what we have selected. There are times He answers our prayers in swift, clear and definitive terms. However it is more often our prayers need to show a feeling of trust to allow the Lord to work His will within our lives in His own time. The lesson Jesus gives His disciples is to be tenacious with prayer as Paul will later write, “Pray without ceasing.” The Lord assures us prayer is a blessing if we will allow it to have its perfect work in our lives. Pray, pray and then pray more. We can never weary the ear of God.
Trust in prayer must come from a heart that knows whatever answer is given in prayer is the best answer. This can be difficult. We have a desire to ask in prayer what we believe to be best and when it does not come out as we predetermined we believe prayer has failed. God answers prayer with one answer and one answer alone. His answer is ALWAYS “Yes.” Jesus tells His disciples that whatever answer comes in prayer is given by a benevolent Father who knows much more than we and the answer given in prayer is the best answer. His will is always right. The answer to prayer is according to the working of His will in my life which is a better thing.
Learn to pray. Spend time cultivating a deeper prayer life with Jesus. Embrace the love of God in prayer as He guides in life His will is always right and He always seeks our good in His glory.
Prayer is not bending to my will, but it is a bringing of my will into conformity with God’s will, so that His work may work in and through me. (E. Stanley Jones, How To Pray, 1943)