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Lord, Teach us to Pray

“It happened that while Jesus was praying in a certain place, after He had finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John also taught his disciples.” Luke 11:1 NASB

Do we know how to pray as we ought? According to the bible we don’t. Since we don’t know how to pray as we should the Bible tells us that the Holy Spirit intercedes for us. The fact is, no one can teach us to pray but God. Others can give suggestions and advice, but no one can truly teach us to pray; except the one to which we pray.

In this verse, we see one of the disciples first listening to Jesus pray. When Jesus finished praying it was as if the disciple came to Jesus and said, I want to pray like that, just like you did. I have been in the presence of some mighty men of God and stood in awe of their prayer. It was as if they were calling fire down from heaven. D.L. Moody gave testimony of traveling to England to visit with Charles Spurgeon. When Moody attended the Metropolitan Tabernacles service he said it wasn’t the heavenly choir that impressed him, nor was it Spurgeon’s masterful preaching, rather, he was impressed with the prayer.  Could you imaging being with Jesus while He prayed? These Jewish disciples of Jesus had no doubt been taught to pray from childhood. More than likely they prayed daily. However, they never prayed as Jesus prayed, but they wanted to.

Jesus asked the disciples to do many tasks. He asks of us the same. The greatest of tasks is to go and preach the gospel to all creation. Of the many tasks Jesus asked of us we never find in scripture anyone asking Jesus how to do them. The only request of any sort is how to pray. The fact is, the tasks Jesus calls us to do are empowered by prayer. If we don’t pray we shouldn’t expect any power or provision.

Yet, we so often do not know what to pray for. So, where do we start? Lord, teach is to pray. I don’t know how to pray as I should. Will You guide me? I have my own agenda and my own goals. Will you lead me to Yours? I am week and easily distracted. Will You keep me focused and on track. Prayer begins and ends with Jesus. Our level of dependency upon Him will determine the level of power in our prayer. We don’t put faith in our faith, nor do we put faith in prayer in and of itself; we put faith in Christ alone. For this reason, the beginning of all is, Lord, teach us to pray. Make that your daily prayer.

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Posted by on January 13, 2015 in Bible Study, Devotional

 

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Feasting in 2015

“But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘MAN SHALL NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE, BUT ON EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDS OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD.'” Matthew 4:4

Now that the holiday’s, are behind us and 2014 is gone we look forward to greater things in 2015. We often make goals and challenges of different sorts for ourselves to better our lives. The most popular challenge is to eat less and lose weight. However, I want to challenge you to a daily feast in 2015. Not a feast on the bread of this world but, a feast on the bread of God’s Word. If we can help it we don’t go a single day without physical food. If we abstain from physical food for too long we will become very ill and eventually die. Spiritual malnutrition is just as deadly to our spiritual health.

So many people today are spiritually malnourished because they do not consume the vital nutrients to survive and thrive spiritually-the nutrition of God’s Word. When Jesus made this statement He was at the end of a forty day fast. At that time, Satan came to tempt Him to turn the stones into bread. Jesus quoted Deuteronomy 8:3 that gave reference to the bread from heaven, the manna that God provided for the nation of Israel in the wilderness. Through these words of Jesus we see that there are some things more important than physical bread. If we are going to be the men and women God has called us to be, living up to His full potential, make a goal for your life to feast on God’s Word so you can grow to be blessed and be a blessing.

There are many free charts and timelines available online that will help you with daily bible reading, and reading through the bible in a year. However the greatest thing you can do is just open God’s Word and start your feast. Don’t be legalistic about it. Enjoy it, absorb it, and most importantly seek God through it. You will soon discover that your 2015 will be abundantly blessed due to your feasting on the Word of God.

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Posted by on January 1, 2015 in Bible Study, Devotional

 

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