Daily Devotion: May 4

Luke 11:1 
 “Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.”

Imagine, of all the things the disciples could have asked for, the most important thing was teach us to pray.  

Honestly, given the opportunity, what would you have asked for and how far down our list would “prayer” have been?  Teach me to witness, teach me to heal, teach me how to teach others, teach me how to forgive.  I’m sure the list could have continued.

When Dr. Billy Graham was once asked what he would have done differently in his ministry given the chance, he responded, “I would have prayed more.”  So many books have been written on prayer telling us how, where and when.  Let me suggest to you the best resource is STILL the bible.  Philippians 4:6-7 “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

Corrie Ten Boom once offered this question, “is prayer your steering wheel, or is it your spare tire?”  Some of us “retire” to prayer as a last resort when we first should be “steered” to prayer.

As the hymn says, Take everything to God in prayer.  Lord teach us to pray!

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