“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
Fred regularly attended a church I pastored, and he never missed our Saturday morning prayer time. Fred’s prayers were intimate and powerful, changing the whole atmosphere in those meetings. I learned much about prayer just by listening to him. He said he learned to pray while serving an eight-year prison sentence. Through pain and desperation, he cried out to God and turned his cell into a sanctuary of the Father’s presence.
Of course, the real authority on how to pray is Jesus Himself. Jesus’ disciples noticed His prayers were different than the formulaic ones they heard from others. They observed that Jesus got up early to pray, and after a long day of ministry would find a solitary place alone with His Father. The disciples witnessed the supernatural results of Jesus’ prayer life. They saw him confidently proceed, no matter what storm He faced. Moment by moment, Jesus was dwelling in His Father’s house. As we look at the Lord’s Prayer, ask Jesus to teach you by His Spirit how to live in the Father’s house.
“The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” (James 5:16b)