THE DEVOTION OF PRAYER
by Bo Patterson
He was praying in a certain place, and when He finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John also taught his disciples.”
He said to them, “Whenever you pray, say:
Your name be honored as holy.
Your kingdom come.
Give us each day our daily bread.
And forgive us our sins,
for we ourselves also forgive everyone
in debt to us.
And do not bring us into temptation.”
Luke 11:1-4 (HCSB)
Do you pray? Not over your food or when you speed through a yellow light. Do you pray daily, often and “in all things”? Most people don’t pray because they don’t actually believe anything will change. These people see the world as set in motion and give up before they start. Often, what we need the most is a desire to pray, and then prayer takes off.
A desire to pray is what Jesus’ disciples had as told by Luke. They saw Jesus committed to listening and talking with His Father and they wanted it for themselves. He taught them how to pray by acknowledging God for who He is, asking His kingdom come soon, asking for basic needs, as well as forgiveness for sins and for protection against evil. More importantly, He taught them that prayer matters and is important. Is it important to you? Would you say you desire prayer? If not, ask God to instill a desire in you to hear and obey His commands, ask and receive His favor, and support and expand His kingdom.
Prayer: Lord, prick my heart that I will come daily to the Throne of Grace. Let me put away all of my excuses, turn off my alarm and meet with You. Open my ears to hear from You.
“We ought to see the face of God every morning before we see the face of man.” -Dwight L. Moody
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