With Jesus in His School of Prayer

Jesus traveled through Galilee and on the road to Jerusalem preaching, teaching and healing.

More than likely, Jesus repeated his message many times to the various audiences he encountered.

Matthew 6.9-13 and Luke 11.1-4 record different ways that Jesus taught his followers to pray.

Luke’s Account

Luke’s account of the Lord’s prayer starts with a request from the disciples.

Luke 11.1 He was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.”

You may have heard someone point out that the only thing the disciples ever asked Jesus to teach them was how to pray.

That’s true. They didn’t ask him how . . .

— To perform miracles.

— To preach sermons on the scale of the Sermon on the Mount.

— To cast out demons.

They asked Jesus to teach them to pray, and we should do the same.

Andrew Murray wrote a classic book, “With Christ in the School of Prayer.” The title contains the theme of the book.

Jesus has a school where he is willing to teach people how to pray. Like the disciples, we can ask him to teach us the art of prayer.

It was while Jesus was in prayer that the disciples determined to ask him how to pray.

Jesus is still praying.

Romans tells us that it is Jesus “Who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us” (Romans 8.34).

Hebrews emphasizes Jesus prayer ministry and says, “He always lives to make intercession for them” (Hebrews 7.25).

The traveling companions of Jesus heard him pray. I believe they were praying along with him as best they could.

We can do the same. Jesus will teach us how to pray with him for his agenda for the world.

The Lord’s Prayer is a great starting point for standing with Jesus in prayer.

The Lord’s Prayer Explained

There are many ways to approach using the Lord’s Prayer to communicate with God. Here are some thoughts that will hopefully bring greater meaning to your use of it.

Luke 11.2 He said to them, “When you pray, say:
Father, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come.

The Jewish faith had a rich heritage with prayer before Jesus was born. The Psalms provided the people a variety ways to express their praise and prayer to God.

Jesus contributed something to the language of prayer that had previously not been realized. He called God, “Father.”

“Father” describes the kind of relationship that is God’s plan for us. Jesus provides a picture of what God as Father is really like.

When we speak to God, we know he is a personal, loving Being, who can be approached as the best parent possible.

Hallowed be your name.

The saying, “They have a good name,” illustrates how “name” refers to a person’s reputation.

Isaiah clarifies what God thinks of his name.

I am the Lord, that is my name;
my glory I give to no other,
nor my praise to idols.
(Isaiah 42.8)

God is concerned about his name (reputation, description of his nature and character), because he knows that anything else is a counterfeit.

The prayer asks that people recognize God for who he is and that his character is seen for what it is.

Mahatma Gandhi was influenced toward Jesus by the ministry of C. F. Andrews. Andrews hallowed the name of Jesus through his extraordinary life of love and service.

Through Andrews, Gandhi was so enamored with the Sermon on the Mount that he memorized it. He was captured by the person of Jesus Christ.

Unfortunately, the British government in India disparaged the name of Jesus by the way they exploited the resources of the nation.

As a result Gandhi said, “I would have become of Christian, if it had not been for
Christians.”

When we pray for God’s name to be hallowed, we ask God to help us reveal his nature and character in the face of many earthly substitutes for God.

Daily Needs

In Jesus’ school of prayer, we learn to pray for the issues of daily life.

Luke 11.3-4 “Give us each day our daily bread.
And forgive us our sins,
for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us.
And do not bring us to the time of trial.”

Verse 3 is one of the most important verses in Rudy Ross’ life. He knows that without daily bread he will starve spiritually.

Rudy devotes hours to the reading and study of the Bible. As a part of his Jewish heritage, he reads the words out loud.

Every morning Rudy devotes a significant amount of time to reading the Bible and writing about what he learns. After working a long shift at his restaurant, he ends his day with more Bible reading.

He knows that he needs the food of God’s word, just as much as he needs physical nourishment.

Rudy has some interesting insights about “daily bread” and forgiveness on today’s YouTube video. It can be found on the Bob Spradling YouTube channel.

When I pray about “daily bread,” I often ask God to supply the daily bread needs of other people.

I like to tell people that in the best prayer the world has ever known, God tells us to pray, “Give us today our daily bread.” Let’s do it and expect him to provide our needs.

When I pray about forgiveness, I frequently say: “Please flood us with so much of your forgiveness that we can’t help forgive others.”

I use the Lord’s Prayer to join Jesus in prayer. I pray for enemy nations to experience God’s forgiveness so strongly that they extend it to their enemies.

Our world is living through turbulent times. This prayer instructs us to pray that God will lead us away from times of trial.

In a prayer meeting with Jesus.

When we pray, we are literally in a prayer meeting with Jesus. As our High Priest, he makes intercession for the Father’s agenda on earth.

As we use the Lord’s Prayer to provide the framework of our praying, we can be assured that we are praying with Jesus. It is as if we are saying “Amen” to the words of our Savior.

I highly recommend using the Lord’s Prayer as your way of praying with Jesus. Try it out and see what God does with you.

YouTube Video

Rudy Ross and I produce a daily YouTube video on the Bible passage in the blog article. It can be found on the Bob Spradling YouTube channel.

Please email your prayer request to bsprad49@gmail.com or private message me on Facebook. The Maywood Prayer team will pray for you.

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