In the School of Prayer with Jesus


Walk in Wisdom – Gleanings from Scripture
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From: Luke 11.1 – “Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he
finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.”

Discussions on prayer often devolve into questions over posture (sitting,
kneeling, standing); hands clasped, open or stretched toward Heaven; amounts
of time; number of times per day, week, month; with lists or extempore;
recited, precrafted or seat of the pants; vocalized, silent, loud, whispered, sung
or written – and lots more. But in this sweet and instructive passage in Luke’s
Gospel, from verse 1 to 13, it will be well worth our while to focus on some other
aspects of prayer. Ones that might in the process relieve us of even needing the
answers to the likes of what we’ve noted above. In the first place, note Jesus’
parable in 5-8. The key idea here is that prayer doesn’t rest in the art or skill of
execution, but in the reality of who it is we are praying to, and being confident in
His disposition toward us in Christ. If we are not sure of His power and His
willingness – if we do not rest confidently on our absolute acceptance in Christ
Jesus – we can neither pray in faith, nor without anxiety. Such isn’t then prayer
– but religious cajoling and hopeful wishing. No, prayer must be rooted in a
sense both of God’s willingness to meet us, and, in His willingness to answer
according to our needs. And this is true in Christ – without question. So that the
writer to the Hebrews can encourage us: “Let us then with confidence draw near
to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time
of need.” (Heb. 4.16) Then as you work through the following verses in Luke 11,
note the repeated admonition to simply “PRAY” – for prayer only occurs when
we actually – pray! And, to PERSIST. Not as though God is reluctant and needs
wrestled to the mat, but knowing how deeply He cares for us. And then, to
TRUST HIS PERSON. His character is such that He cannot lead us astray, or
abandon us, or fail to answer perfectly. To delight in the knowledge that He
knows us, and we can trust Him. And lastly, prayer must always rest in our
SEEKING HIS PROMISE. Here, He tells us that is always fully wrapped up in His
Spirit – whom “how much more will the Heavenly Father give” to us! Oh brother
and sister in Christ – pray!

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One thought on “In the School of Prayer with Jesus

  1. “The key idea here is that prayer doesn’t rest in the art or skill of
    execution, but in the reality of who it is we are praying to, and being confident in
    His disposition toward us in Christ”

    What you said here gives us all a lot to be grateful for. It tells me I have a genuine friend listening.

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