Ever wondered why the disciple asked this question? Why did this disciple think they needed Jesus to teach them to pray?
Do you think you know how to pray?
Do you feel you know how to pray?
Please take a quick moment. What’s your immediate response to these questions?
Do you wonder …
Am I praying about the right things?
Would it be better to use this prayer practice or that one or that other one I heard about?
Am I using the right words?
Am I praying at the right time?
Am I praying the right amount of time?
Do you wonder about how to address God, should it be Father, Jesus, Holy Spirit, Ultimate Mystery, Mother, or …?
When you pray, are you confident that you feel the way Jesus intends you to feel?
Do you wonder whether Jesus intends you to feel …
Based on Luke 11:1-13 and the teaching of Jesus, I’ll be offering thoughts on these and other questions in soon coming posts. But for now, let’s engage Luke 11:1-13. As you do, please be mindful of how you actually think and feel about your prayer practice. This is a time when journaling can be especially helpful. The above questions are merely suggestive to get you going. Please don’t let them limit you.
11:1 He was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.’ 2He said to them, ‘When you pray, say:
Father, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come.
3 Our bread for living in the kingdom, give us each day.
4 And forgive us our sins,
for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us.
And do not lead us into temptation.’
5 And he said to them, ‘Suppose one of you has a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say to him, “Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; 6for a friend of mine has arrived, and I have nothing to set before him.”7And he answers from within, “Do not bother me; the door has already been locked, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything.” 8I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, at least because of his persistence he will get up and give him whatever he needs.
9 ‘So I say to you, keep asking, and it will be given to you; keep searching, and you will find; keep knocking, and the door will be opened for you. 10For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. 11Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for a fish, will give a snake instead of a fish? 12Or if the child asks for an egg, will give a scorpion? 13If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!’
More to come …