Posted on August 19, 2019 by Nancy Schmitt
“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.
Jesus went on to teach the disciples the words of prayer that we know as The Lord’s Prayer. But part of this ongoing scripture passage 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.
Author and teacher Barbara Brown Taylor has written that “Prayer is waking up to the presence of God no matter where we are or what we are doing.” She says that prayer is happening the same way God is happening and that “prayer is when we are lucky enough to know that we are in God’s midst.”
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 gratitude; and when we are able to carry in our hearts thoughts of those who are sick or troubled or going through difficult times. These are examples of prayerful living.
In this week, may we live our lives prayerfully from the ordinary, “everydayness” of life.