“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).
Luke 11:1-4 tells us that the disciples saw Jesus at prayer and asked to learn how He did it. They realized that they wanted what He had—a profound relationship with God that permeated every thought and every decision, and bore fruit in a God-focused life. After all, this is what disciples did—they learned from their teachers. John’s disciples learned prayer from John; Jesus’ disciples, then, should learn prayer from Jesus.
Some of Christ’s disciples had been disciples of John. They noticed that there was something more to Jesus’ prayer life. And it was true. Jesus’ very conception of God was profound—deeper than anything that had appeared on the world stage before. He called God “Father,” not occasionally, but regularly (even always).
–Taken from Power Praying (Hearing Jesus’ Spirit by Praying Jesus’ Prayer) by David Chotka (Click on the title for more information on this resource).
Father, just as You taught Your disciples, would you continually lead me deeper in my experience of prayer? Teach me how to pray Your heart for the kingdom through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Praise God for his non-condemning attitude (Jn. 8:10-11), which gives you hope when you fail. Give thanks for help in seeing the “plank” in your own eyes before looking at the “specks” in another’s (Mt. 7:3). Confess the many times you judge by appearance rather than by facts (Jn. 7:24). Commit yourself to God’s judgment (1 Cor. 11:32), and be disciplined by him, learning from your mistakes (Heb. 12:10-11). Ask God to help you learn from other’s judgments of you.
Pray that your loving and nonjudgmental attitude toward one who has wronged you will give you opportunity to present Christ to that person, realizing God will bring every deed into judgment (Eccl. 12:14).
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend (Click on the blue title for more information about this resource).