It is always amazing to me how you can read a passage of scripture many times and each time something new jumps out to teach you something you had not seen. That recently happened again to me. Luke 11:1 says, “One day, Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, ‘Lord, teach us to (emphasis mine) pray, just as John taught his disciples.’” I had never read this passage this way. The request here was not teach us how to pray, but teach us to pray. Most of us want to know how to pray. (By the way, we only learn how to pray by regularly doing it. Pray out loud, even when you are alone. It will help you overcome your fear of how you pray and maintain concentration as you pray). The request by the disciple was teach us TO pray.
Could it be that our greatest need today is to learn TO pray? I am not talking about a brief prayer of thanks before you eat your meal. I am not talking about thanking God for watching over you during the day and asking for a good night’s sleep. We have a desperate need to cry out to God for those who don’t know Jesus Christ as their Savior. How passionate are we in praying for our unsaved family members? Do we cry out to God for our city? Are we just willing to allow those who are lost in darkness to go on in their ways, or do we cry out to God for their salvation? Are we desperate to see a spiritual breakthrough? Do we spend a lot of time praying about nonessentials to the neglect of essentials? God has promised to supply our needs, yet we spend much time praying about those needs. Do we have regular prayer times where we cry out to God and not allow other things to interfere or interrupt? These are searching questions. I challenge you to ask God to teach you TO pray. And get ready because when we do, God will respond!