As I read the scriptures in
Luke 11:1-4 quoted below, the phrase from (v 1) “…Lord, teach us to pray,…” has caused me to think about our “Bible Education.” As a Pastor, I wonder, “have I taught folks to pray, or have I missed the mark, and looked the other way concerning prayer?”
Prayer is our only channel to God. We receive this through the Holy Spirit which is given to us when we accept Jesus as our Lord and Saviour. Without the Holy Spirit, we have no connection with God. (We are alone and the devil is our only companion.)
I would like to ask the reader: “Do you pray?” I want to qualify my question. Do you pray in the morning when you start the day? Do you pray during the day, for your food, for others, and concerning your sins? Do you pray before bedtime, for all the reasons in the previous questions? Are your prayers only during the hard times? When all is good, do you spend time thanking God for His mercy?
I assure you, no one will comply 100%. We may get close, and we may try hard to take the time to speak to the Lord, but the real question is, “how much Knee Time” do you give the Lord? Do you honestly, sincerely devote time talking to the Lord on a daily basis? We want the Grace, Mercy, and Blessings of God. However, are we willing to invest time from our worldly lives to talk to Him?
So if you cannot say you pray often and with a sincere heart, then how strong is your love for “…the Lord our God..?” Where have you put your heart, your soul, your strength, and your mind? So, where do you stand with God? Are you missing His blessings? Are you concerned that He might have turned His back on you? If so, it might be that you have turned your back, your love, heart, soul, and strength to something else.
When it comes down to God, and you and me, God is not the problem. We are. We as Christians need more physical time in prayer and less time in being taught to pray. Go to God and speak to Him from your heart, and experience God in prayer. Bare your soul to Him. Give Him your all, after all that is all He wants.
Bro. John R. E Chastain