I always feel like I am on a learning curve. As a Senior Pastor, as a father, as a Christ-follower. And one of the areas I desire to continue to grow in is my prayer life.
Prayer. It is one of the habits of the Christian life most often talked about and probably the least understood. One day we are excited about it. And the next we have given up on it. We are told to “pray without ceasing”, yet we wonder, “How can I do that?”
It was such a mystery that Jesus’ own disciples asked him, “Master, would you teach us to pray?” They could have asked him to teach them how to walk on water, or to heal the sick or how to preach to thousands. But the only thing recorded in Scripture that the disciples asked Jesus to teach them was how to pray. Why? What had they seen that prompted them to ask him, “teach us to pray?”
Was it the way he prayed? His style? The words He used? Did He pray in some dramatic way?
No. I think what they saw was the depth of spiritual community Jesus had with his heavenly Father. “But He Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray.” (Luke 5:16; underline added) They saw Jesus and the Father in intimate fellowship. And they said, “I want that.”
Do you want deep, intimate fellowship with God? Pray. Learn to pray.
As we move into this summer season, I want to invite you to slow down and pray. Pray for our church. Pray for our community. Pray for our leadership. Pray for me.
Zechariah 4:6 says, “Not my might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts.” Fulfilling our mission of helping individuals become Christ-centered and Christ-sent together will not happen because of our strength or in our wisdom. It will only happen as we learn to be dependent upon God. In other words, we must learn to pray.
“Prayer is one of the most important aspects of building disciples. If one is to help men grow in the knowledge of Jesus Christ, he must pray. Indeed, if he does everything else right in terms of building disciples, yet fails to pray, nothing significant will happen.” (Carl Wilson, “With Christ in the School of Disciple Building”)
Let’s join together as disciples of Christ and ask, “Master, teach me how to pray.”