Lord, Teach Us to Pray
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
Day 3: Can prayer be taught?
Isn’t prayer just a natural outpouring to God? If we think we know it all, then we can’t be taught. Is there something that we can learn about prayer?
“’Lord, teach us to pray.’ Yes, we feel the need now of being taught to pray. At first there is no work that appears so simple; later on, none that is more difficult; and the confession is forced from us: We know not how to pray as we should.
Amid the painful consciousness of ignorance and unworthiness, in the struggle between believing and doubting, the heavenly art of effectual prayer is learned. Because, even when we do not remember it, there is One, the Beginner and Finisher of faith and prayer, who watches over our praying, and sees to it that in all who trust Him for it their education in the school of prayer shall be carried on to perfection.
Let but the deep undertone of all our prayer be the teachableness that comes from a sense of ignorance, and from faith in Him as a perfect teacher, and we may be sure we shall be taught, we shall learn to pray in power. Yes, we may depend upon it, He teaches to pray.”
Lord, May a deep sense of my ignorance, of the wonderful privilege and power of prayer, of the need of the Holy Spirit as the Spirit of prayer, lead me to cast away my thoughts of what I think I know, and make me kneel before You in true teachableness and poverty of spirit. Amen
Andrew Murray — Lord, Teach Us To Pray
(Some language updated for understanding)
We love the word “teachableness” in this passage. That may be the key to learning anything new.
Can prayer be taught? If so, how do we learn.
Betsy and Laurie