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.’” Luke 11:1

Jesus prayed. He prayed much. In fact, prayer permeated His life. Sometimes His prayers were long because He prayed all night; sometimes His prayers were short, just a few words. On some occasions, He went up into the beauty of a mountain to pray. But He also prayed in people’s homes. There were times He was along the countryside. Sometimes He was alone, sometimes with a few people, sometimes in big groups. He prayed on special occasions such as His baptism, when He chose His disciples, the death of Lazarus, the Garden of Gethsemane. But Jesus also prayed over the ordinary everyday things of life like bread and fish that suddenly multiplied into thousands.

At times Jesus prayed kneeling, but sometimes He was standing. He lifted His head. He looked up to heaven. He prayed when He was joyful and when He was sorrowful and there were times when He wept as He prayed. He prayed for others. He prayed for us. He prayed for Himself.

Jesus prayed. Prayer defined the Savior’s life.

And the disciples saw. They saw the power, the peace, the joy, the miracles and one of them had the boldness and the courage to ask Jesus to teach them how to make prayer a part of their lives too.

The answer to this request began with these three simple words: “When you pray…”

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