“LORD, TEACH US TO PRAY” (Luke 11:1)
????Jonah 4:1-11; Ps 86:3-4, 5-6, 9-10 (R.v.15); Luke 11:1-4
Prayer is the raising up of the mind and heart to God. We pray to adore God, praise and thank him, and for more blessings and graces from him. Prayer also disposes us to accept the will of God.
In Luke 11:1, Jesus was found by his disciples praying and they asked him to teach them how to pray. This does not mean that they were not used to praying before. As Jews, they have a system and times for prayer, but Jesus pattern appears different, and they want to learn.
Sometimes, we assume that we pray very well in our own way when we have not learnt to pray at all. Not praying well may push us to move against the will of God. Jonah, for instance, obviously did not understand the will of God for Nineveh and that is why he was angry that God did not destroy them (cf. Jon 3:1-10).
Are you not going to join the disciples of Jesus in asking him to teach you how to pray?
By the way, I asked myself this important question as a priest, “Do my flock find me a man of prayer and want to pray as much as I do? As parents and leaders in different categories, you need to evaluate yourself. But that reminds us that those who are placed under us look upon us for an example. We must lead them to God.
Lord, teach us to pray well always so that we may overcome all temptations that try to push us into hopelessness, and may our prayers also win favour in your presence. Amen.
Have a grace-filled day ahead. Peace be with you.