Orate = Teach Us to Pray
Orate = Pray in Latin (Pray without ceasing)
PART ONE OF SIX
“Lord, teach us to pray.” These sincere words were spoken by an unnamed disciple in Luke 11:1. Many days, some of us might feel the same way.
One thing we have to understand is that in the Old Testament world, the rabbis were looked to for prayer. Many people relied on the prayers of the rabbis and repeated them. The people did not pray as freely as they do now; most did not know how. However, John the Baptist had taught his disciples how to pray, and here in Luke we see the disciples asking Jesus to teach them how as well.
So this week, we will be asking humbly to the Lord, “Lord teach us to pray.” Several topics will be examined: the model prayer, praying through the Psalms, praying with Paul, and the power of prayer.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer said, “We can pray only in Jesus Christ, with whom we shall also be heard. Therefore we must learn to pray. The child learns to speak because the parent speaks to the child. The child learns the language of the parent. So we learn to speak to God because God has spoken and speaks to us.”
Oswald Chambers said, “As long as you are self-sufficient, you do not need to ask God for anything.”
Let us this week admit that we are not self-sufficient. We need God desperately and the channel He has given us to reach Him is prayer. Let us meekly approach the King of Kings as a child and ask the same question the original disciples asked, “Lord, teach us to pray.” I believe it is time for us to go back to the basics individually, as a nation, as the world; and this has to begin with prayer. We must say, “Lord teach me to pray. Teach us to pray.”
Just for today, ask the Lord, “Teach me to pray.”
Tune in tomorrow for Part Two..
Bonhoeffer, Dietrich, and Clifford J. Green. The Bonhoeffer Reader. Fortress Press, 2014.
Chambers, Oswald. My Utmost for His Highest. Barbour, 1963.