Luke 11:1-4 – Teach us to pray

Luke 11:1-4
And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.
2 And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.
3 Give us day by day our daily bread.
4 And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.

-Think about all of the amazing things that the disciples watched Jesus do; miraculously raise the dead, heal the lame, multiply food to feed people by the thousands.  Yet in all of scripture, the only thing we ever see the disciples ask Jesus to teach them is how to pray.  There could be many reasons for this, but I think it’s simply a matter of importance.  At the end of the day, communing with God is more important than anything else.  No matter how hard we try to ignore it, we all fundamentally understand that having a relationship with our Creator means more than any great work or miracle we could ever perform.  All of the wealth, power, and influence in the world will still leave you empty at the end of the day; but no one has ever come into the presence of God Himself and left empty.


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