Bible Passage for Meditation: Luke 11:1-8
Key Verse: “And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.” Luke 11:1
If I had been one of Jesus’ disciples during His 3 1/2 years of ministry, I can think of a number of things I would have asked Him to teach me. However, in all four gospels, Jesus’ disciples only ask Him to teach them one thing: something that might seem shockingly simple.Luke 11:1 tells the story. “And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray …” That’s it. Not how do we feed 5,000 people, how do we walk on water, or how do we raise the dead? None of the above: Just, teach us to pray!
Jesus’ disciples had seen the incredible results, the power that was unleashed, when Jesus prayed. Thus they knew where the power behind His work came from. They longed to see the same power come from God exhibited in their own lives.
Ellen White writes, “The greatest blessing that God can give to man is the spirit of earnest prayer. All heaven is open before the man of prayer. The prayers offered in humble faith will be heard” (The Review & Herald, Oct. 20, 1896, par. 15).
The more that I am exposed to in this old sinful world, the more that I feel this same need. I personally have family members who don’t know Jesus yet, close friends with cancer, and there are billions who still need to hear the three angels’ messages. In my own strength, I can do so little. But when I call upon the almighty God of the universe, He delights to answer by unleashing His power. He is the creator, and can create the solution to any and every problem that I will ever face. The greatest blessing then is to be taught by God, inspired by God, to earnestly pray!
Heart Prayer Challenge
Father in Heaven, Please forgive us for so often being half-hearted in prayer. Forgive us for our pride, which leads us to depend on our own strength. Teach us how to depend on Your strength. Teach us to pray! Teach us how to get beyond our own petty needs and pray effectively for the world around us. Teach us how to pray effectively for our church. We long to be used as Your prayer warriors. We long to see kingdoms shaken in answer to our prayers. Thank You for making us men and women of earnest prayer! And thank You for the righteousness of Jesus, that covers or weak, impotent prayers, and makes them acceptable before Your throne. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
By Zac Page
(Zac is pastor at Templeton Hills SDA Church, in Templeton, California. He and his wife, Leah, have been married seven years and speak at revival and prayer retreats. To read more of Pastor Zac’s personal testimony, CLICK HERE.)