Posts Tagged ‘Andrew Murray’

Lord, Teach Us To Pray: Day 3

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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

http://www.WritingSisters.com

Lord, Teach Us To Pray: Day 2

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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 2: Who can teach us to pray?

If we want to learn, where do we go to learn?  Books? Classes? Retreats? What if these fall short? Who can teach us?

Lord, teach us to pray.

It is Jesus, praying Himself, who teaches to pray. He knows what prayer is. He learned it amid the trials and tears of His earthly life. In heaven it is still His beloved work: His life there is prayer. Nothing delights Him more than to find those whom He can take with Him into the Father’s presence, whom He can clothe with power to pray down God’s blessing on those around them, whom He can train to be His fellow-workers in the intercession by which the kingdom is to be revealed on earth.

He teaches, by giving not only thoughts of what to ask or how to ask, but by breathing within us the very spirit of prayer, by living within us as the Great Intercessor. . .  Jesus loves to teach us how to pray.

And fill me, Lord, with the confidence that with such a teacher as Thou art I shall learn to pray. In the assurance that I have as my teacher, Jesus, who is ever praying to the Father, and by His prayer rules the destinies of His Church and the world, I will not be afraid. Amen

Andrew Murray — Lord, Teach Us To Pray

(Some language updated for understanding)

We can only learn to pray by praying. I love that Andrew Murray prays for the confidence that he can learn to pray.  Who taught you to pray?

Betsy and Laurie

http://www.WritingSisters.com

 

Lord, Teach Us To Pray: Day 1

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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 1: How do we pray?

The idea of prayer brings up so many questions. How can we connect with God?  How can we be taught by Him?  How can we experience God’s power? Maybe it all starts with prayer.  But how?  We are sharing some insights from Andrew Murray this month. 

“The disciples had been with Christ, and seen Him pray. They had learned to understand something of the connection between His wondrous life in public, and His secret life of prayer. They had learned to believe in Him as a Master in the art of prayer—none could pray like Him. And so they came to Him with the request, ‘Lord, teach us to pray.’ And in after years they would have told us that there were few things more wonderful or blessed that He taught them than His lessons on prayer.”

Blessed Lord! who ever lives to pray, You can teach me too to pray, me to live ever to pray. In this You love to make me share Your glory in heaven, that I should pray without ceasing, and ever stand as a priest in the presence of my God.  Amen

Andrew Murray–Lord, Teach Us To Pray

(Some language updated)

Can prayer be learned? How did you learn to pray?

Betsy and Laurie

http://www.WritingSisters.com

10 Definitions of Humility by Andrew Murray

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1. Humility is perfect quietness of heart.

2. It is to expect nothing, to wonder at nothing that is done to me, to feel nothing done against me.

3. It is to be at rest when nobody praises me, and when I am blamed or despised.

4. It is to have a blessed home in the Lord, where I can go in and shut the door, and kneel to my Father in secret, and am at peace as in a deep sea of calmness, when all around and above is trouble.

5. Humility is nothing but the disappearance of self in the vision that God is all.

6. Humility is the displacement of self by the enthronement of God.

7. Humility is simply the disposition which prepares the soul for living on trust.

8. Humility, the place of entire dependence on God, is the first duty and the highest virtue of the creature, and the root of every virtue.

9. Humility is the path to death, because in death it gives the highest proof of its perfection.

10.Humility is the blossom of which death to self, is the perfect fruit.

Amazing ideas about humility from a wise man.

Do you agree with any of these? How do you define humility?

Betsy and Laurie