“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.’ He said to them, ‘When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation.’ Then Jesus said to them, ‘Suppose you have a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say, “Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have no food to offer him.” And suppose the one inside answers, “Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.” I tell you, even though he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship, yet because of your shameless audacity he will surely get up and give you as much as you need. So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!’”
Jesus was praying and as His disciples watched Him, they wanted to know how to pray. They saw what He was doing and wanted to copy Him. People are watching our lives also and what they want to see is real life change. They want to see that there is a difference in our lives that could be translated into theirs. People want to see that we are the real deal and that means there is the possibility for a way out of their past and a forward change in the future. They can’t see it if there is no difference in our lives and theirs. But does that mean that we don’t fail? Do we fall down and mess it up?
Of course we do.
The disciples had a perfect model. Jesus never let them down. At that time disciples wanted to walk so closely to their teacher that it was said that the dust from His feet would cover theirs. Their goal was to copy all of His actions. That is what we see here.
He never let them down, but they let Him down. The disciples give us hope that we can fail and recover. You see, we can fall forward and from our knees we can look up to Him. He picks us up and we can go on. Look carefully at the verses for today. The disciples saw what Jesus was doing and asked Him to teach them to pray. He outlined the plan. Today, determine that you will use His model, and remember that even if you fall down, you can look up from your knees.