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. Luke 11:1
If you could ask an expert to teach you to do one thing, what would you ask?
Men tend to surround themselves with other those whom they want to learn from. I had met a man through my church who loved fishing and spent time perfecting his craft. As a retired gym teacher, he was only gifted at the art of helping others learn a skill, but he was intimately acquainted with the technique necessary to catch large fresh water fish. One Sunday after church, he invited me to come along. He taught me his craft and after about an hour into our trip; I reeled in the largest fish of my life. To this day I use that same technique.
If you were in the shoes of one of the disciples, what would you ask Jesus to teach you? Amazingly enough, we only see one question like this recorded in the entire account of their time with Him. This request is so astounding because of all the things they could have asked. Just take the miracles themselves. They never asked how to cast out a demon or feed the masses with a just a small quantity of food. They asked Him to teach them to pray.
There must have been something about Jesus prayer life that inspired these men to ask that question of Him. Something so radical about His communication with the Father that they asked about prayer instead of miracles. This should intrigue the minds of men today as well. If they asked about prayer, prayer must be a desire of ours as well. Read the rest of Jesus’ response in Luke 11 and spend time in prayer today.