Lord, Teach Us to Pray

Once Jesus was in a certain place praying. As he finished, one of his disciples came to him and said, “Lord, teach us to pray…” (Luke 11:1, NLT)

Yes, please Lord, teach us to pray! You may ask, ‘Why I would make such an odd request?’ And the answer is that a large part of the body of Christ does not know how to pray! Some are shackled with religion, some with ignorance, some with apathy and some with inconvenience. I would even venture to say that the condition of our world is in direct relation to our inability or desire to pray. And I’m not sure where or when we dropped the prayer ball, but we sure have dropped it, much to Satan’s delight. He is thrilled that he has managed to disarm Christians of their most powerful weapon!

Yes, I said our most powerful weapon. As the sons and daughters of God, we are the only group of people in the earth who have the ear of God! God, the Author and Finisher of our faith.  God, the Creator of Heaven and Earth!  God, The I Am, who can move mountains, dethrone kings, deliver the persecuted, disband armies and terrorize the terrorists. Which begs the question: ‘What and who in the world could ever prevent us from entering His throne room and taking precious ground in The Name of Jesus?’

And please, do not believe the lies that Satan uses, telling us that it is too late or too impossible. Our lives, our world and our nation are not beyond the ability of God to repair, redeem and restore!  As children, we never hesitated to ask our parents for anything. Yet as God’s kids we make excuses like “I don’t know how to pray”, or “I’m not worthy to pray” or “I don’t have time to pray.” I can promise you that once you do start praying, your life will change. Yesterday, I was standing in line on my way down to the altar at my church. The lady in front of me started to have a severe allergy attack. God said “pray for her!” So I put my hands on this total stranger, started to pray, rebuking in Jesus’ Name whatever allergy that was plaguing her and it left! It was so cool and so God!

So, if you don’t know how to pray, what to pray or when to pray, ask another Christ follower who is steeped in prayer. God wants to hear from you and share with you great and unsearchable things that you do not know (Jeremiah 33:3). Take the first step and begin an ongoing conversation with your Mighty God today.

(Carol DeBlasis)
Scripture references from NIV unless otherwise noted.

Based on Face Time with God Our Father on November 21st, 2015 - Watch Sermon

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