That's what we are thinking about at the moment in Urban Life when we meet together on Sunday mornings. We are spending the month in the gospel of Luke.
Last Sunday we were thinking about prayer and just how important it is to the Christian life. It's way more important than we generally think it is. Just watch Jesus!
Watching Jesus is part of what we have been doing as we read through Luke. Seeing him as in a fly-on-the-wall documentary. What does he do? How does he speak? How does he relate? What does he say?
One of the things that is noticeable as you go through the gospel is how often he disappears off somewhere to pray! It is such that by the time we get to chapter 11, we find he does it again and his disciples (who are no strangers to a praying culture) say 'Lord teach us to pray!'. Why would they say that?
They must have seen something different about the way he prayed. As they overheard him and watched him, they wanted to pray like he did. An authentic powerful prayer life is something very attractive. I think we would be asking the same question. Maybe we do. Maybe we should!
Lord, teach us to pray!
What does he say?
In the verses 1-13 of Luke chapter 11, Jesus gives us two things.
An Agenda for Prayer
An Attitude for Prayer
So here it is. Read it here
The Agenda in v2-4 is what is sometimes called the Lord's Prayer. The agenda is to pray for God's honour and glory as his name is kept holy and his kingdom comes, and also to pray for all our needs, both physical and spiritual. We need him for everything, from food and clothing and for strength to do the right thing and fight temptation.
The Attitude in v5-13 is shown in a couple of stories, which together tell us that God wants us to pray with a SHAMELESS AUDACITY and to go on praying trusting in his goodness and timing.
So go pray!