Teach us to Pray
“Jesus was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished,
one of his disciples said to him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray’…”
The disciples of Jesus asked him to teach them to pray. Their question came not after Jesus had given a lecture or sermon on prayer, but after the disciples saw him praying and after they realized that he modeled prayer with the way he lived his life. They saw in Jesus, prayer weaved into every aspect of life in the world in which they lived.
Part of this ongoing scripture text in Luke 11 is Jesus telling a story about how we should pray with persistence and perseverance as we keep asking, seeking and knocking, until our persistent prayers become an ongoing conversation between us and God.
Prayer is much more than bowing our heads and closing our eyes. We are praying when we are thankful and alert to what we are doing and who we are with; when we are aware of the tremendous gift of being alive; when we can look at something that triggers a wonderful memory or thankfulness; and when we are able to carry in our hearts thoughts of those who are sick or troubled. These are examples of prayerful living.
In this week, may we live our lives prayerfully from the ordinary, “everydayness” of life.