Lord, Teach Us to Pray
Verse 1 Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.
Today we start a new parable. And for once Jesus starts by telling us the moral of the story.
In most of Jesus parables the meaning was saved until afterwards. Sometimes He would wait until He was alone with His disciples before explaining His story. So why would He give the meaning first in this one? Did you notice who He was talking to? His disciples. This may be the answer we need.
First off since He was telling the parable to the disciples there was no reason to obscure the meaning from other listeners. When Jesus was talking to the Pharisees and Sadducees or the other religious leaders He knew they wouldn’t understand because they didn’t see things from His perspective, but He needed His disciples to see things from His viewpoint. He wants us to see things through His eyes too.
Secondly if they had the meaning before they heard the story, they could see the other aspects of what He was teaching because they wouldn’t be so focused on what the main point was.
He needs His disciples to think through this lesson because He needs them, and us, to know the importance of persistent prayer. He needs His followers to know that in certain situations there should be no ceasing in asking God for what we need.
Jesus was also preparing them for their future needs. They were going to come into times in their lives when they would need this discipline of persistent prayer. We have these times in life too and we also need to learn what it means to be in persistent prayer.
Persistent prayer is a spiritual discipline that is often overlooked and even ignored in our lives. Yes, we pray at meals or maybe for a friend that is going through something or maybe even for a close parking space when we are making a quick shopping run, but these kind of prayers can be so quick and the thought is soon out of our mind again. Let’s be intentional this week as we look deeper into what it means to be persistent in prayer.
Making It Personal
How would you rate your prayer life? When was the last time you spent time, devoted and undistracted, to pray about something? What in your or a friend’s life needs prayer today?
Making It Personal Kids
What is prayer? Have you ever prayed about something instead of for something? What needs prayer today?
Father, forgive us for the times and ways that we have failed in spending the time in prayer that You have desired of us. Please give us the desire to be persistent in prayer. Lord, teach us to pray. In Jesus’ name, amen.