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Friday, September 20, 2013

Think About It.

Teach Us To…

The disciples, having spent many hours and days with Jesus asked him a question that, although simple in its nature, is also profound when you consider what they could have asked. What did they ask? Teach us to pray, (Luke 11).

Now think about this for a moment. They’ve seen Jesus change water into wine, heal the sick, raise the dead, calm the storms, and yet they didn’t ask him to teach them how do any of these things, only to pray. What was it that they saw in the prayer life of Jesus that was so extraordinary? Is it possible that what they saw was that it was out of this prayer life that he was able to do all the other things? In other words, the miracles were simply a by-product of the prayer life of Jesus.

If you were to look at the prayer life of Jesus you would find that he spend a lot of time with the Father. He would get away from both the disciples and the people to spend long times alone. Sometimes he even prayed all night. Jesus was known to have stated that he only did what the Father had shown him, and that he and the Father were one.

The response that Jesus gave his disciples is what we commonly call the Lord’s Prayer, but I’m not so sure he actually meant it to be recited the way many are accustom to. Instead, I wonder if he meant it as more of a template for prayer. In other words, the first part of the prayer is about praise, praise for who God is. Take a look at his many names, (healer, provider, comforter, peace etc.), and start thanking him for who he is. Then start to pray that his will and Kingdom would indeed rule over your life, emotions, decisions and behavior. Then seek his provisions, not for what you want, but for what you need. Seek forgiveness and most importantly forgive others who have used and hurt you. Ask for his protection from temptation and those things that would otherwise lead us astray. Why do all of this? For me it’s all because in the end, he rules. It’s his Kingdom and he is sovereign over all. Yes, I think that the disciples got it right when they asked Jesus to teach them to pray. Think about it.

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5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the reminder this morning! Prayer is often my lifeline to get through the day's stressors which often times involves nonbelievers. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

thank you for reminding me. sometimes I tend to wander and need others to set me back on the right path.

Anonymous said...

Right cause a all powerful being who lives in the sky, needs to be told how awesome he is. And needs to hear your petty wishes, all the dang time too. Because you are just the most important thing in the world, yes you are. <Sarcasm incase you are wondering. Why the hell pray that gods will be done? He is a god right can force his will if he wishes right? All powerful right? So why would he need you to pray that his will be done? If he wanted to rule your life, emotions, decisions, and behavior. Then why would he give you your own identity? And why give you a choice? It wouldn't be your life. Your emotions your decisions, behavior. It would be his. YAll need to rewrite yer bible again. Or at least think about the contradictions in it. And for sure should not post the malarkey. Pandering to the ignorant and illogical. Its pathetic, organized religion is directly to blame for much of the worlds ignorance. Fables versus Fact. Superstition versus Logic and Reason.

Anonymous said...

If you don't like what is here don't read it and we certainly don't need your negative responses.

Anonymous said...

Very inspiring.. Thank You. Too bad more people in the world don't follow this.
-Connie