5 Ways Jesus Taught Us How to Pray
“Pray on a consistent basis.” 5:17 in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 in My niece is a senior in high school and I am her aunt. She will earn her diploma in a few short months, when she will walk in procession with the rest of her graduating class. My daughter was a newborn napping in my arms only a few short years ago. She used to like conversing with me when she was a youngster. She started as soon as she spotted me and didn’t stop until I had left the scene. It was she who informed me about her day, who tipped me off about her brother, and who outlined her ambitions for the future.
Although our chats are shorter now that she is a young woman, they are still enjoyable for me since she is so intelligent.
Her eagerness to reach out to me causes me to exclaim with delight.
The writers of the Psalms were well-versed in the art of prayer.
- They did it on every occasion.
- According to the advice of Paul in 1 Thessalonians, Jesus was in continual communication with the Father.
- When Jesus made the decision to come down from the high regions of glory and walk among us, prayer was his lifeline to the Father.
- His lessons on prayer provide a great deal of useful information.
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1. Jesus prayed alone.
The phone starts ringing. The television is on full blast. The kids are yelling and screaming. The activities of the day demand our immediate attention and draw us in a variety of ways at the same time. It’s possible that Jesus felt this way. He was always in demand to treat the ill and engage in political dispute with the Pharisees, both of which he did. While these disruptions are present throughout scripture, we frequently witness him taking a break from them. “However, Jesus frequently retreated to isolated spots to pray.” – Luke 5:16 (NIV) He did not wait till the people had dispersed and there was no one remaining to engage in dispute with him.
His devotion to prayer was second nature to him.
2. Jesus prayed with others.
Not only did Jesus teach his followers how to pray, but he also encouraged them to pray as a group. The Bible states in Matthew 18:20, “For when two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.” The presence of God in prayer brings us all together. We become more sensitive of the needs of others and are better able to bring comfort to them.
Life may be challenging, and there aren’t always satisfactory solutions. Sometimes we are unable to pray because we do not know what to say or because we are unable to pray. That’s when the prayer community takes over and begins to pray for you on your behalf.
3. Jesus prayed before a meal.
Praying before meals was a typical occurrence in ancient times. In this rite, Jesus reminded his disciples of the blessings that God had granted them via the food that had been set before them. Then, as soon as he sat at the table with them, he took the bread and said thanks before breaking it and distributing the pieces to them.” Luke 24:30 is a Bible verse that describes a relationship between a man and a woman. Praying before each meal serves as a constant reminder that everything comes from God.
4. Jesus prayed for others.
Before he was caught and nailed to the cross, Jesus prayed for his apostles and followers. He was well aware that their task would not be straightforward, and he prayed for their safety. “I say a prayer for them. The people you have given me are not mine; they are yours.” “I am not praying for the world, but for the people you have given me.” John 17:9 (KJV) He prayed that God would reward them with tenacity, unity, and spiritual fulfillment as they shared their testimony with the rest of the world.
5. Jesus prayed for us.
Last but not least, Jesus interceded on our behalf. Yes, you are correct. He prayed for each and every one of us, despite the fact that we would not be born in this world for a very long time (hundreds of years). The prayer isn’t only for them, though. “I pray for people who will come to trust in me as a result of their message.” – The Gospel of John 17:20 And he has never ceased praying for us throughout his life. He is our representative before God’s throne, and he intercedes on our behalf before the Almighty.
It is essential to spend time in prayer on a regular basis.
I’m sure he does.
You can do it.
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Bible Gateway passage: Luke 11:1-13 – New International Version
11Once upon a time, Jesus was praying in a certain location C)”>(C). One of his disciples approached him when he finished and said, “Lord, D)”>(D)teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples,” and he agreed. 2He instructed them, saying, “When you pray, say, ‘Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom E)”>(E)come.” 3Please provide us with our daily bread on a daily basis. 4Please forgive us for our transgressions, as we also forgive everyone who commits a sin against us. F)”>(F)And save us from falling prey to temptation.’ ” G)”> ” G)”> (G) 5″Suppose you have a friend and you go to him at midnight and ask him, ‘Friend, give me three loaves of bread;6a friend of mine has come to me on a journey, and I have no food to offer him,” Jesus remarked.
There is nothing I can give you because I am unable to get up.’ 8I promise you that even if he does not get up and give you the bread out of kindness, he will undoubtedly get up and give you as much as you require because of your blatant arrogance.
11 Then who among you dads will give your son, when he begs for a fish, an actual snake instead?
12Or, if he requests an egg, will you provide him with a scorpion? 13 Even though you are bad, you know how to offer wonderful gifts to your children. Imagine how much more your heavenly Father will give the Holy Spirit to anyone who requests it!” Read the entire chapter.
- Luke 11:2 Some versions read, “Our Father in heaven
- ” others, “Our Father on earth.” Some manuscripts have arrived for Luke 11:2. Wishing you the fulfillment of your will on earth as it is in heaven
- Jesus said in Luke 11:4: “Greekeeveryone who is owing to us.” Luke 11:4Some versions read, “Temptation, but deliver us from the wicked one
- ” others read, “Deliver us from the evil one.” Luke 11:8However, in order to maintain his excellent name
- The Bible says in Luke 11:11 that some manuscripts for bread would be given to him, but will he give him a stone? Alternatively, if he requests it
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“Lord, teach us to pray,” one of Jesus’ disciples requests in the Gospel of Luke 11:1-4, and as a result of this request, Jesus teaches them the Lord’s Prayer. This prayer has become very well known and even memorized among Christians. The Our Father is the name given by Catholics to the Lord’s Prayer. When people of all Christian faiths come together in public or private worship, it is one of the most often said prayers in both public and private worship.
The Lord’s Prayer
- Known as the Lord’s Prayer, it is the model of prayer that Jesus taught his disciples. Both Matthew 6:9-15 and Luke 11:1-4 have variants of the prayer that may be found in the Bible. While Matthew’s version is a part of the Sermon on the Mount, Luke’s version comes in response to a disciple’s plea that Jesus teach them how to pray. Catholics refer to the Lord’s Prayer as the Our Father, which means “Our Father.” The prayer is intended for the entire community, including the Christian family.
The Lord’s Prayer in the Bible
In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus teaches his disciples how to pray in the manner that he was taught. The Bible has two versions of the prayer: Matthew 6:9-15 and Luke 11:1-4. While Matthew’s version is a part of the Sermon on the Mount, Luke’s version comes in response to a disciple’s plea that Jesus teach him how to pray. According to Catholic tradition, the Lord’s Prayer is referred to as the Our Father. Community, the Christian family, and all of its members are the focus of the prayer.
Jesus Teaches the Pattern for Prayer
Jesus Christ provided us with a template or model for prayer in the form of the Lord’s Prayer. He was demonstrating how to pray to his followers. There’s nothing mystical about the words you’re reading. The prayer is not a set of instructions. We are not have to pray the lines exactly as they are written. As a substitute, we might utilize this prayer to educate ourselves, instructing us on how to approach God in prayer. In order to assist you in developing a complete grasp of the Lord’s Prayer, the following is a simplified explanation of each section:
Our Father in Heaven
We offer our prayers to God, our heavenly Father. He is our heavenly Father, and we are his obedient sons and daughters. We have a strong friendship. We may put our faith in him because he is a heavenly, perfect Father who loves us and will listen to our petitions. The usage of the pronoun “our” reminds us that we (his followers) are all members of the same God-given family.
Hallowed Be Your Name
“To make holy” is the definition of the word “hallowed.” When we pray, we acknowledge the sanctity of our heavenly Father. He is near to us and shows concern, yet he is neither our friend nor our equal. He is the All-Powerful God. Not with a sense of impending doom and dread, but rather with awe for his purity and an acknowledgement of his righteousness and perfection, we approach him. We are awestruck by the fact that we are his children even in his holiness.
Your Kingdom Come, Your Will Be Done, on Earth As It Is in Heaven
Prayers are offered for God’s omnipotent dominion in our lives as well as on our planet. He is the ruler of our kingdom. We acknowledge that he has complete control over the situation, and we submit to his authority.
Furthermore, we wish that God’s Kingdom and dominion be extended to those in our immediate environment. a. As Christians, we pray for the salvation of souls because we are aware of God’s desire for all men to be saved.
Give Us Today Our Daily Bread
When we pray, we put our faith in God to provide for our needs. He is going to take care of us. At the same time, we have no reason to be concerned about the future. We rely on God, our heavenly Father, to give us with all we require today. We shall renew our reliance on him by returning to him in prayer once more the next day.
Forgive Us Our Debts, As We Also Forgive Our Debtors
When we pray, we beg God to forgive us of our sins. We examine our hearts, acknowledge that we are in need of his forgiveness, and confess our transgressions. In the same way that our Father kindly forgives us, we must also forgive one another for our failings. If we want to be forgiven, we must be willing to provide the same forgiveness to others around us.
Lead Us Not Into Temptation, But Deliver Us From the Evil One
To withstand temptation, we must draw strength from God. Keep our ears and hearts tuned to the Holy Spirit’s counsel in order to avoid anything that can entice us to commit sin. We pray every day for God to save us from Satan’s ingenious traps so that we would be able to recognize when it is time to flee.
The Lord’s Prayer in the Book of Common Prayer (1928)
Our Father, who art in the highest heavens, we exalt thy holy name. Come, Lord, to thy kingdom. On earth as it is in heaven, thy will be done. Please provide us with our daily bread on this day. Moreover, forgive us our transgressions, just as we forgive those who transgress against us. And save us from falling prey to temptation, but keep us safe from evil. Because the kingdom, the power, and the glory belong to you forever and ever. Amen.
How Jesus Teaches us to Pray — MacGregor EMC
When it comes to prayer, I feel the church has made significant progress toward overcomplicating the subject. Winter prayer, summer prayer, intercessory prayer, ejaculatory prayer, listening prayer, child’s prayer, scriptural prayer; there are probably as many varieties of prayer as there are seconds in the year, and that’s after you separate the good from the bad. To a large extent, I believe this is correct and even makes a great deal of sense. After all, we are commanded to pray frequently as Christians (Philippians 4:6), therefore it is understandable that the theology and practice of prayer have evolved to the extent that they have.
The fact that there are hundreds of different varieties of prayer demonstrates to us that this is a subject that deserves our attention.
I’ve heard the following comment several times since becoming a pastor: “I’m not sure how to pray.” It has often been my experience that, after conversing with someone about this emotion for a while, the source of this notion is that the person has done some independent research into these many prayer traditions and has come up short, in their own estimation.
- Thus, it is with this in mind that I believe it is well worth our time to consider what the one person who is most qualified to answer the question “how should you pray” has to say on the subject.
- “ One day, Jesus was praying in a particular location.
- Please forgive us for our transgressions, as we likewise forgive everyone who has committed a sin against us.
- The narrative opens, as it should, with our Lord in the midst of prayer.
- When I visualize this event, I like to believe that the disciple was simply sitting there waiting for Jesus to finish, almost feeling agitated, just so they could pose their question to Jesus.
- While this account is the first time that Jesus teaches about prayer in the Gospel of Luke, it is also not the first time that he teaches anything pretty similar to this during theSermon on the Mount.
- Instead of lecturing to a large audience of thousands of people, Jesus is merely instructing his intimate friends and followers, people who had a connection with the Lord that was similar to ours two thousand years later, how they could communicate with God both individually and collectively.
When praying, Jesus instructs everyone of his followers to begin by saying something along the lines of the following.
We’ve already learned a great deal from that sentence.
We know this because, according to the Bible, it is not what an ideal father should ever be like to his children.
According to Scripture, fathers are responsible for guiding and instructing their children in the way they should go (Proverbs 22:6).
Instead, when we pray, we should consider the person to whom we are praying as the farthest thing from a horrible father that could possibly exist.
Because of the next two things Jesus says for us to include, “hallowed be your name, and your kingdom come,” we can understand why.
Who among us would ever wish for the “kingdom,” that is, the fulfillment of ‘the desires,’ of an abusive father to come true?
As a result, Jesus constructs his temple on the foundation that God is our loving, caring, and holy Father.
If you are reading this and you are not someone who has the financial means to provide for your children and you feel you are falling short on that front, first and foremost, we can assist you (in strict confidence, of course), but please understand that this is not the message you should take away from my words.
- As human beings, we all have legitimate needs of varying degrees of seriousness, and if God is truly our Father, it should be completely natural for us to turn to him for assistance in meeting those needs.
- As a result, we are even required to pray for this on a regular basis, even every day.
- And it is from here that Jesus reaches the pinnacle of what he has been constructing, saying, “Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.” This should be understood as the culmination of Jesus’ teaching on prayer, which has been building up to this point.
- That action would be tantamount to slapping God in the face if anyone subscribed to those teachings and then turned around and treated someone else like unloved garbage.
- And the manner in which God acts toward us is the same manner in which God acts toward us.
- If we can’t act lovingly toward others, well would it not be hypocritical to expect God to act lovingly toward us?
- And so, forgive us God as we forgive others, we pray.
- And from this height of Jesus teaching in this passage, we come to the prayer’s end, “lead us not into temptation.” And while this phrase may seem odd, and like God is the one that places in situations where we may falter, that is not what this means at all.
- That the teachings of Jesus will become so built into us, that when life throws us a curveball, something that threatens to take our focus away from God, that we will be able to stand strong.
- In Luke 11:1-4, this is how Jesus teaches his disciples to pray.
And if you out there are someone who still feels that you do not know how to pray, than to draw this article to a close, let’s take a moment to sum things up. Because if we do that, very quickly we find there are only four things Jesus wants us to keep in mind:
- When we pray, we should remember that God is a loving and caring Father. Someone who is very good and deserving of our appreciation. Somebody whose Will for the world is something we know to be in the best interests of humanity
- To express our gratitude to this God for providing for our needs, as we know he will because we understand him to be our father, and that is exactly what this father does. In accordance with this, we should pray that He continues to provide so that we never forget what our God has done or is doing for us
- To recognize, in light of all of this, that God feels the same way about everyone as he does about us, and as a result, recognize that to love God as he loves us means we must also love others as he loves us
- To recognize that to love God as he loves us means we must also love others as he loves us
- The third step is to internalize the previously mentioned ideas to the point where we can remain firm in our connection with God when we face difficulties in our lives.
Do you ever feel as though you don’t know what to say in prayer? As long as you can remember these four things that Christ teaches about prayer, which is not difficult to do because they are all built on the understanding that God loves you, I am confident that you will be able to pray effectively. If you can’t remember these four things, I am confident that you will be able to pray effectively. Again, this is not to argue that all of the other teachings on prayer are unimportant; rather, it is to state that all of the solid ones build on this foundation.
To speak about prayer, during this period of social isolation, the MacGregor EMC has a weekly prayer gathering on Wednesdays at 1 PM, which is broadcast online through video chat.
We will offer links to join the Prayer Gathering both on ourFacebook pageas well as on ourchurch calendar10 minutes before the start of the prayer meeting.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Lord, Teach Us to Pray!
I recently made a blog entry for another website about “Jesus’ Prayer Life,” which you can read here. As I was conducting research, I came across the narrative of the disciples who asked Jesus, “Lord, show us how to pray! ” Jesus had been praying in front of the disciples, and when he had finished, they approached him and requested for assistance in their prayer lives. My spiritual journey has not been without its challenges. I was intrigued by the idea! It is unclear what it was in Jesus’ prayers that prompted the disciples to request that he teach them how to pray.
Teach Us to Pray Scripture
“One day, Jesus was praying in a particular location. Following his conclusion, one of his followers approached him and asked, ‘Lord, teach us how pray.’ Luke 11:1a New International Version The disciples had seen Jesus pray several times and had taken note of it. They could see that prayer was a significant part of his life since he prayed often. They must have observed something odd about his prayer style that they thought was noteworthy. It inspired them to learn how to pray in the same way He did.
As we can see, Jesus was “filled with pleasure through the Holy Spirit” when he prayed, saying, “I praise you, Father, Lord of the heavens and the world.” Luke 10:21a is a passage from the Bible that teaches that God is a kind and forgiving God.
Amazingly stunning photograph! It’s no surprise that the disciples wanted to learn how to pray like Jesus did. He prayed in a style that was entirely Spirit-filled and completely unfamiliar to them.
Prayers of Jesus
I forget from time to time that Jesus and the disciples were devout and loyal Jewish men who followed the law of Moses. They would have said a large number of Jewish prayers. Prayer was customarily held at three times during the day: at daybreak, 3 p.m. (to coincide with the daily afternoon sacrifice at the temple), and at dusk. They contained the Jewish creed (derived from Deuteronomy 6:4-7), blessings, and prayers performed as hymns, as well as the Jewish credo and blessings. The traditional Jewish prayers were also uttered before and after each meal, on the Sabbath and at Passover, as well as at religious services.
The disciples had already established a fairly active prayer life for themselves!
They wished to pray in the same way He prayed, with the same intensity, passion, and closeness that they had never experienced before.
What Jesus Taught about Prayer
“When you pray.”, Jesus begins his instructions to the disciples in answer to their request. Luke 11:2 (New International Version). It is important to note that Christ did not say IF you pray, but when you pray. Jesus was well aware of the difficulties that His followers (and us!) would face. He was well aware that they would require a strong relationship with Him and the Father in order to navigate their way through the world. In order to maintain an intimate and continuing personal relationship with Him, they would require a vigorous prayer life.
Bible Verses that Teach us How to Pray
Jesus clarified that He desires pure and modest motivations in our prayers, and that we should pray as He instructs. The New International Version (NIV) of Matthew 6:6a instructs his students to “go into your room, lock the door, and pray to your Father, who is unseen.” He was not banning individuals or groups from praying in public. He was referring to the reasons that one has for prayer. Jesus was able to see right through people who preferred to pray in public rather than in private. It exposed their genuine aim in prayer: to be praised by other people.
Our prayer “audience” is comprised of only one person: Jesus.
In verse 7, Jesus instructs us to “when you pray, do not carry on babbling like pagans, for they believe that their many words will be heard because they are numerous.” Long periods of prayer were also not prohibited by Jesus.
To demonstrate to the disciples that “they should constantly pray and never give up,” Jesus gave them a parable from Luke 18 (the Parable of the Persistent Widow).
Why We Pray
His goal, once again, was to avoid useless, impersonal, and time-consuming prayer. It does not increase the genuineness of our prayers in any way. No, we are not praying with the intent of convincing God of anything.
God can only be reached via prayer, which must be honest, loving and genuine in nature. It’s important to remember that passionate prayers put at Jesus’ feet are like delicious incense (Revelation 5:8). He wants to hear from us! Make a note of it for later!
Teach Us How to Pray
“This, therefore, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,'” says Matthew 6:9 in the New International Version.
Jesus Calls God “Father”
It appears that nearly all of Jesus’ prayers recorded in the Bible have Him addressing God as “Father.” In response to this new wrinkle in prayer, what did the disciples think? “Father” – Abba – was a term that the Jewish people would never have dared to use to approach God since it meant “Daddy.” It would have been considered insulting by them. It was the same name that the disciples would have given to their own biological dads. The fact that they addressed God as their Father was a revolutionary method for them to pray!
It was seen as blasphemy by them.
He has given us the go-ahead to approach the King of the Universe and address him as our Father in the name of Jesus.
Breaking Down the Lord’s Prayer
I’m using the New International Version of Matthew 6:9-13. It may also be found in Luke 11:2-4, which is a New Testament passage. This model prayer has its origins in the ceremonial Jewish practices of Jesus’ day, which I found to be rather intriguing to learn about. My favorite part of this prayer is how Jesus incorporated this thread of old Jewish prayer into one of the most well-known Christian prayers. The disciples would have noted the parallels between the two passages. Jesus was not instructing his disciples to memorize and mechanically recite this prayer on a regular basis, as some have suggested (as we see from his prior teaching.) The act of praying allows us to connect with God and become closer to Him.
This is not to imply that this prayer cannot be offered in a Spirit-filled manner.
Jesus is able to look into our hearts and feelings.
“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name”
As you begin your prayer, remember to express your gratitude to our holy and magnificent God, who not only sits on the throne, but also calls us His beloved children and asks us to view him as our “Abba”- our Daddy.
“Your kingdom come”
Upon his arrival on the planet, Jesus took with him a piece of the heavenly kingdom, including the message that anybody who desires it may find redemption; he also raised up the poor and downtrodden, healed those who were sick, and performed miracles that demonstrated his splendor and might.
Although he understood his Father’s kingdom plan would not be fully realized until He returned in glory, he was nevertheless hopeful.
“Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven”
Pray with complete submission and confidence in the Father’s perfect plan. When Jesus said, “not my will, but yours be done,” he was surrendering and praying this prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane. Luke 22:42 (NIV) (NIV).
“Give us today our daily bread”
Pray for a total dependence on God and all of his talents in all circumstances. His daily bread is not just bodily nourishment, but also His love, healing, direction, and calm, all of which provide spiritual nourishment for our spirits.
“Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors”
Pray a continual confession of sins and a continual prayer for forgiveness. Despite the fact that our salvation is secured via Jesus’ sacrifice, our daily sins continue to offend God. Having a heart attitude of developing in faith and becoming more and more like Him is shown in repenting and begging for forgiveness. It is our acknowledgement of our understanding of and complete acceptance of God’s forgiveness for our own personal sins that we show forgiveness to others. Refusing to forgive others is equivalent to refusing to acknowledge and acknowledge the sacrifice that God incurred in order to forgive us in the first place.
“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one”
God does not lead us into temptation; rather, we choose to succumb to it of our own free choice. He does, on the other hand, let temptation and hardships into our life. As a result, we pray that we will be able to detect temptations that cross our paths and that God will provide us the wisdom to avoid them. We pray for deliverance from the clutches of the Evil One. Resist the Devil and He Will Flee is a related article.
We Need to Pray
Prayer can be one of our most difficult challenges, but it can also be our greatest source of peace and joy. Prayer does not need the acquisition of new “techniques” or the “mastery” of a script. God does not evaluate our passionate petitions, does not seek perfection, and does not dismiss any plea as being too insignificant! In its simplest form, prayer is just spending time talking to God, listening for his love and direction, and developing our connection with him. When we find ourselves struggling with prayer, we may always turn to Jesus and ask, “Lord, teach us to pray!” like the disciples did.
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What Jesus Christ Taught About Prayer
If you want to deepen your grasp of what the Bible teaches about prayer, there is no better place to begin than with an examination of Jesus’ teaching on prayer in the gospels of Matthew and Luke. This blog normally explains and uses Scripture to help you develop in Christ, but I urge readers of this piece to take up the words of our Savior and allow them to propel you into prayer. Another piece will discuss the prayers of Jesus, as well as how the Bible explains His approach to prayer. Pick up a copy of Herbert Lockyear’s All the Prayers of the Bible if you’re looking for a full list of what the Bible says about prayer.
Jesus’ Teaching on Prayer | Complete List of Bible Verses in the Gospels
Matthew 5:44–45a (King James Version) (also see Luke 6:28) Rather, I urge you to love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be adopted as sons of your heavenly Father. Matthew 6:5-15 is a Bible verse that describes the life of Jesus. “And when you pray, you must avoid acting in a hypocritical manner. Because they enjoy standing and praying at synagogues and on street corners so that they may be seen by others, they have become quite popular. True to my word, I can assure you that they have earned their recompense.
Then you will be rewarded by your heavenly Father who sees in secret.” And when you pray, don’t fill your prayers with meaningless language as the Gentiles do, who believe that their many words will be heard because they are many.
“Our Father in heaven, may your name be sanctified,” you should pray at that point.
We beg you to grant us our daily food today, and please forgive us our debts, just as we have forgiven our debtors.
In other words, if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; nevertheless, if you do not forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will not forgive you for your trespasses.” 7-11 (Matthew 7:7-11) Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and it will be found; knock, and it will be opened to you; this is the way of the universe.
- Or which of you will give his kid a stone if he asks him for bread when he begs for it?
- If you, who are wicked, can figure out how to give good gifts to your children, imagine how much more your heavenly Father will do the same for those who come to him with a good request.
- Matthew 18:19-20 is a passage of scripture that teaches that And once again, I say to you, if two of you can come to an agreement on earth about whatever they ask, my Father in heaven will fulfill their request.
- Matthew 21:13 (KJV) (also see Mark 11:17; Luke 19:46) ‘My house shall be called a place of prayer,’ according to the scriptures, but you have turned it into a den of thieves.
- And anything you ask for in prayer will be granted to you if you have confidence in God.
Mark 11:23-26 (KJV) It is true, I say to you, whomever says to this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and who does not have any doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, will have his wish fulfilled.’ In order to ensure that you obtain anything you ask for in prayer, I advise you to think that you have already been granted it.
- Jesus said this in Mark 12:38–40 (also see Luke 20:45–47).
- They prey on widows’ homes and recite long prayers under the appearance of being religious.
- 13:33 (Matthew 13:33) Keep your guard up and your eyes open.
- Luke 6:46 (NIV) Why do you address me as ‘Lord, Lord,’ but refuse to follow my instructions?
- Praise the Lord of the harvest, therefore, and entreat him diligently to send out laborers into his crop.
- We beg you to grant us our daily bread and to forgive us our sins, just as we forgive everyone who is owing us money.
- I assure you that, though he will not get up and offer him anything because he is his buddy, he will rise and give him anything he requires as a result of his impudence.
- Everyone who asks receives, and everyone who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened for him or her.
- If you, who are bad, can figure out how to provide excellent gifts to your children, imagine how much more the heavenly Father will do for those who ask for the Holy Spirit!
- Luke 18:1–14 |
- “There was a judge in a specific city who was neither fearful of God nor respectful of man,” he said.
For a time, he refused, but then he said to himself, “Even though I have no fear of God or regard for man, because this widow keeps nagging me, I will grant her justice so that she will not beat me down by her constant coming.” “Listen to what the unjust judge has to say,” the Lord instructed.
Will he take a long time to deal with them?
Is it possible, though, that when the Son of Man arrives, there will be trust on earth?” The following parable was also given by Jesus to people who were self-righteous and treated others with contempt: “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one of them a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.” ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, who are extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector,’ the Pharisee said as he stood alone in prayer.
Every week, I fast twice a week and donate tithes of all I earn.’ Although he was a long distance away, the tax collector refused to raise his eyes to heaven, instead beating his breast and pleading with God, ‘God, be gracious to me, a sinner!’ I swear to you, this man went down to his house feeling justified, rather than the other way around.
Luke 21:36 (NIV) Nevertheless, keep your eyes open at all times, hoping for the strength to escape all of the events that will take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.” Luke 22:40 (NIV) And when he arrived at the location, he addressed them by saying, “Pray that you will not fall prey to temptation.” 4:23–24 (John 4:23–24) However, the hour is approaching, and it is already here, when real worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him in this manner.
God exists in the realm of spirit, and those who worship him must do so in spirit and in truth.” 14:12–14 (John 14:12–14) Because I am going to the Father, I promise you that whomever believes in me will also do the works that I perform; and greater works than these will he do because I am going to the Father.
- Anything you want me to do in my name, I will gladly oblige.
- 15:16 in the Gospel of John However, you did not pick me; rather I chose you and appointed you, so that you would go forth and bear fruit and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name may be granted to your request.
- What I sincerely believe is that whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will grant you.
- You haven’t asked any questions in my name up to this point.
- These are the things I’ve spoken to you in figurative language.
- That day, you will ask in my name; but please understand that I am not saying to you that I will beg the Father on your behalf; for the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have trusted that I am a prophet sent from God.
I have come from the Father and have entered the world, and now I am leaving the world and returning to the Father, as I spoke earlier. Three books on Jesus’ teachings on prayer that we recommend.
- Calvin’s presentation of the Lord’s prayer, The Chief Exercise of Faith (his exposition of the Lord’s prayer)
- The Prayer that Turned the World Upside Down by Albert Mohler
- The Prayer that Turned the World Upside Down by Albert Mohler R.C. Sproul’s The Prayer of Our Lord is a classic.
- 10 Prayer-Inspirational Books to Read
- The Prayers and Prayer Life of Jesus in the New Testament (Complete List)
- A Complete List of the Apostle Paul’s Prayers
Bible Gateway Luke 11 : NIV
Luke 111 (Luke 111) One day, Jesus was praying in a particular location. One of his disciples approached him when he had finished and said: “Lord, teach us to pray in the same way that John taught his followers.” 2He instructed them to pray in the following manner: “Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come.'” 3Please provide us with our daily bread on a daily basis. 4Please forgive us for our transgressions, as we also forgive everyone who commits a sin against us. ‘And save us from falling into temptation.'” 5″Suppose one of you has a friend, and he goes to him in the middle of the night and says, “Friend, lend me three loaves of bread,6because a friend of mine who is on a journey has come to me, and I have nothing to place before him.'” 7″ The one on the inside then responds, ‘Don’t worry me.’ There is already a lock on the door, and my children are in their beds next to me.
- There is nothing I can give you because I am unable to get up.’ 8I promise you that even if he will not get up and give him the bread because he is his buddy, he will get up and give him as much as he requires because of the man’s bravery.
- 10Finally, everyone who asks receives; likewise, everyone who seeks finds; and to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.
- 12Or, if he requests an egg, will you provide him with a scorpion?
- 14Jesus was exorcising a demon who was deaf and deafeningly silent.
- 15However, some of them said that he was being driven out of the city by Beelzebub, the prince of devils.
- 13″Every kingdom divided against itself will be demolished, and any home divided against itself will fall,” Jesus declared to them.
- I say this because you claim that I expel devils with the help of Beelzebub.
As a result, they will serve as your judges.
The goods of a strong guy who protects his own home with a complete arsenal are safe.
23″Whoever does not stand with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.
“I shall return to the house where I left off,” it adds later.
It then goes and takes seven more spirits who are even more evil than itself, and they take up residence in the house.
28He said, “Blessed are those who hear the word of God and do what it commands.” 29As the multitudes grew, Jesus declared, “This generation is a wicked generation.” It is in desperate need of a miraculous sign, but all that will be delivered to it is the sign of Jonah.
31The Queen of the South will stand up at the judgment with the men of this age and condemn them; for she traveled from the ends of the world to hear Solomon’s knowledge, and now one greater than Solomon has come to listen to Solomon’s wisdom.
33 It is not customary to light a lamp and then conceal it in a nook or beneath a bowl.
34 Your eye serves as the body’s light source.
However, when they are awful, your body is likewise filled with gloom.
When your whole body is filled with light and no part of it is dark, your body will be totally illuminated, just as when the light of a lamp shines on you.”37After Jesus had done teaching, a Pharisee invited him to dine with him; so Jesus went in and sat down at the table.
After that, God told him, “You Pharisees clean the surface of the cup and dish, but within you are full of greed and wickedness.” 40You obtuse individuals!
4 However, if you distribute what is within to the needy, everything will be clean for you.
“I curse you, Pharisees, because you lust after the most prominent seats in the synagogues and the most favorable greets in the marketplace.
You are so declaring that you approve of what your forebears did: they killed the prophets, and you are erecting their monuments to their memory.
Yes, I am telling you, this generation will be held accountable for everything that happens.
“You have not entered yourselves, and you have made it difficult for others who were trying to enter.” 53 The Pharisees and other professors of the law started to oppose Jesus vehemently and to bombard him with questions after he left the synagogue, hoping to catch him in the act of saying something he shouldn’t have.
- Some manuscripts are from Our Father in heaven, while some manuscripts are from the earth. Wishing you the fulfillment of your will on earth as it is in heaven
- Everyone who owes us money is referred to as “greeks.” We may be tempted by certain writings, but they will save us from the wicked one. Orpersistence
- Some texts, when asked for bread, will offer him a stone
- Or, if he asks for Greek, he will receive it. BeezeboulorBeelzeboul, which appears in verses 18 and 19 as well. Greekunclean
- Also in verse 32, there’s something. Alternatively, whatever you have
Lord, Teach Us To Pray
Jesus was praying in a particular location one day. One of his disciples approached him when he had finished and said: “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples” (Luke 11:1 NIV). What follows is known to most of us. Jesus responded to His disciple’s request with what we have come to call to as “The Lord’s Prayer”—a truly elegant and simple example of how to engage in dialogue with God the Father. This is a prayer that most of us have memorized. Every Sunday, it is sung in churches all across the world, and it is quite moving.
- Sermons have been preached about it.
- When it came to prayer, it wasn’t something they were particularly gifted at.
- The disciples did not inquire as to how they should go about sharing the Gospel of the Kingdom.
- They didn’t ask Jesus to show them how to read the Scriptures.
- They understood it was vital.
- And yet, individuals who follow Jesus constantly say that the spiritual practice they struggle with most is prayer.
- And that intimate relationship is the foundation for everything else we do as followers of Jesus.
We just need to pray.” That’s probably true for most of us today.
That’s how we learn.
He didn’t give them techniques.
Our hope is that as you read the articles and stories on the following pages, that you’ll be motivated—not to learn new prayer techniques, or to “master” the discipline of prayer—but to spend time talking and listening to God.
It may not come naturally to us.
But as we do it, we can ask—as they did—“Lord, teach us to pray!”
Teach Us to Pray – Why Now?
Jesus was meditating in a certain location. Following his conclusion, one of his followers prayed, “Lord, teach us to pray as John instructed his disciples.” – The book of Luke 11:1 Up until this point in Luke’s account, only Jesus has been praying for the people of Israel. In spite of the fact that the disciples were in attendance, they did not offer any prayers. They are now pleading with Jesus to “teach us to pray.” The question is, “Why now?” says the author. What is it that causes Jesus’ disciples to get to the point of asking?
Let’s go through the basics before we address the “why now?” question.
During prayer, Jesus sought guidance and tested the viability of his mission by asking, “Do I follow the crowd or do I go to the cross?” After much prayer, Jesus selected twelve apostles from among the many disciples who had gathered to follow him.
He was on the lookout for persons who, in the present, might keep Israel and the burgeoning Christian community together as a unit.
The Impact of Prayer on Others
In Luke’s account of the feeding of the 5000, Jesus is depicted as feeding people who are hungry as a symbol of the celebration of Holy Communion. The reason Jesus prayed in response to Simon Peter’s confession was that Simon Peter and the other disciples misunderstood his suffering and death as a contradiction to who and what they believed the Messiah was and was capable of. Because his identity and mission as suffering Messiah did not fit the pictures of the people who loved him and who followed him, Jesus prayed in the account of the Transfiguration.
In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus is seen praying at several stages during his ministry.
It was during those moments of prayer that Jesus was able to maintain his concentration on the ministry that God had called and commissioned him to do.
When he returns, his disciples approach him and beg him to teach them how to pray in the same way that John taught his followers.
Many of them have a distinct style or topic.
Knowing that John the Baptist had taught his students to pray, Jesus’ followers took advantage of the opportunity to beg him, “Lord, teach us to pray,” when he returned from prayer after spending time with his Father.
Is it because they’ve seen John’s disciples and don’t want to be left out that they’re saying this?
After achieving incredible success, they were overjoyed.
Are they confronted with the same temptation that Jesus faced, which was to put their faith in his own goodness?
They were requested to assist, but they were unable to do so.
According to Mark’s account, Jesus cured the youngster and told his followers, “This type comes out only by prayer.” This event might be viewed as an embarrassment in our lives on occasion.
But why this time?
It was over “who was number one,” according to Luke, that they became embroiled in a fight.
“We were having a debate over who was the greatest,” they explained.
Perhaps as a result of their life experiences, both happy and unpleasant, people have grown more open to the idea of being taught to pray.
All of their aspirations have been poured into Jesus, and he has stated that he will be executed as a criminal.
The reality of what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ, the Messiah, is beginning to dawn on people’s hearts.
Following his conclusion, one of his followers said, “Lord, teach us to pray.” Rather of asking Jesus to teach them how to tell a tale, multiply loaves of bread, or heal the sick as they had requested, the disciples requested that he instruct them in the art of praying.
The disciples’ plea, as well as Jesus’ response, serve as more than a simple reminder of the significance of prayer for both them and us.
There is a relationship between prayer and strength in the eyes of Luke.
For me, it doesn’t matter what inspires you or me to pray; the fact that we pray is what is vital.
Prayer is important to our identity as Jesus’ disciples.
Prayer, whether it is offered by a layperson or a clergyperson, gives clarity, direction, confirmation, and power.
So, whatever challenges you are facing in your personal life, professional life, church life, or community life, remember that you may always pray, “Lord, teach us to pray,” whenever you are ready.