Lord, Teach Us to Pray

Do you have a part of your day that you would like to freeze in time? In other words, is there a time when your mind, body, and spirit are at ease and free from the pressures of life? It is the first part of the day, the moment I wake up and say good morning to God. It is a time filled with praise and adoration to thank Him for what He has done for me in the past and for what He will do in the coming days. It is a personal time between me and God, a time of prayer.

Even the disciples recognized the significance of prayer and so much so that one day they turned to Jesus to ask, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples” (Luke 11:1). Notice the disciples did not ask, “what” to pray; instead, they asked “how” to pray. Jesus shared with His disciples a prayer from which to model their prayers, and He begins by praising our Father, saying, “Our Father who is in heaven, hallowed be Your name” (Matt. 6:9).

Spending time with our heavenly Father in prayer is much more than offering a list of “please do” or “please don’t” requests. Instead, it is a time of fellowship unlike any other. It is a time to remember and recognize who He is, to put who we are into perspective and our purpose into clear focus, as we align our will to His. Spending time with the Lord the first thing in the morning, whether when you wake up or on your drive to work, taking that time and talking with God will make a difference in your day and your life.

Therefore, please be encouraged to set aside a particular time to spend with God in prayer and meditation. Continue to speak with God throughout the day; over time, your understanding and relationship with God will grow beyond your expectations, and you will see how God answers your prayers.


Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture is taken from the New American Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.


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