Ginrich's Devotional Blog

March 6, 2012


Luke 11:1 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.” (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

As Jesus was headed toward Jerusalem, He took time apart to pray. His disciples noticed how often He went apart from them to pray and asked Him to teach them. Jesus knew how important it is for His followers to be able to plug into the power of prayer. Though we often recite the example Jesus gave them, He intended it to be a model for us to pray. He begins the prayer with addressing God, the Father then goes into adoration and praise of God. So often we start with our needs and wants rather than taking the time to praise God. He then praise for God’s will – God’s Kingdom to come on earth just as it is in heaven. That is His desire over and above the fleshly desires. After that He prays for the basic needs while walking this earth along with confession of sins (wrong attitudes, wrong things done, things left undone) and includes our willingness to forgive those who have wronged us. He then asks for strength to keep from temptations and ends with praise and confession of all of creation belonging to God. This doesn’t mean we can’t have “mini prayers” during the day but we should take time out during the day for real conversations with God, beginning our in the way Jesus taught us and taking time to listen to God’s response. Our question is, when we pray are our priorities in line with those Jesus taught us?

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