"Lord... Teach Us to Pray"
A journalist in Jerusalem saw an old man fervently praying at the “Wailing Wall”. He was taken aback by the old man's sincerity and persistence. The journalist asked, “How long have you been coming to this wall?" The old man replied, “For thirty years.” “You mean you have been coming to this wall to pray every day for thirty years?" The old man nodded.
The amazed journalist finally asked, "How does it feel to come and pray every day for over thirty years?" The old man replied, "Most of the time it feels like I'm talking to a wall!"
Luke 11:1-2 (1) One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” (2) Jesus said to them, “When you pray, say … “ F __ __ __ __ __!”
1. Prayer is all about our con __ __ __ __ __ __ n with our Heavenly Father.
2. Prayer is one of the Believer’s prim__ __ __ ways of communicating with God (the Father).
3. We believe God is ever-present and therefore always d __ __ __ rous and positioned to con __ __ __ __ with us in conversation.
4. Jesus’ whole life was saturated with many forms and applications of prayer.
In our text, the disciples want to ask Jesus for something. What could they possibly ask for? It’s interesting to me that after all they’d seen, heard, and experienced —prayer was what they wanted to learn more about.
They didn’t ask, “teach us to preach,” or “teach us to do miracles”, but “teach us to pray.” They recognized prayer was the key to everything.
If Jesus felt he couldn’t do anything without prayer, how can we go throughout our lives deficient of prayer?
Question: If prayer is so important, why do we find it so difficult to pray?
Answer: More Sunday!
Answers to fill in the blanks above: Father, connection, primary, desirous, connect