The Holy Gospel: July 28, 2013 (Year C)

Read:  Luke 11:1-13

Meditation:  “Teach Us To Pray”

We are made for prayer (imago dei), and this means prayer is natural.  But right here we have made a great mistake.  We have assumed that because prayer is natural, people automatically know how to do it.  But that is not true.

We do not make this assumption in any other area of life.  We are made to talk; talking is natural.  But early on, parents say, “Ma Ma” and “Da Da” over and over until the child finally says it too.  They point out one object after another, encouraging the child to repeat the word after they say it.  And for the rest of our lives we increase and enrich our vocabulary.

Jesus responded to the disciples’ request, “teach us to pray,” because he knew that just because prayer is natural does not mean we automatically understand it and practice it with confidence.

Failure to actually teach people to pray underlies many other problems and struggles in the disciple-making process.  If we are not on “speaking terms” with God, how can we know how to receive from God and respond to God?  Every attitude and action related to our discipleship is related to prayer in one way or another.

The church must assume the posture of Jesus, realize that untold numbers of people are saying, “teach us to pray,” and then, like Jesus, teach them.

About Steve Harper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 42 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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1 Response to The Holy Gospel: July 28, 2013 (Year C)

  1. joycelyn731 says:

    Thank You for this Post! I am enjoying all of them and I look forward to receiving the post via my email everyday! This particular post is a confirmation for me of what I believe God is calling me to do. Which is to “Teach People How To Pray”. Not so much “talking” but “being still”. It is the very request I ask God for daily. I just had to send this out so that you would know that todays post confirmed a calling! Thanks for being obedient to God’s voice by writing this particular post!


    Joycelyn L Lewis

    Ask me not where I live or what I like to eat….Ask me what I am living for and what I think is keeping me from living fully for that. Thomas Merton (Thoughts in Solitude)

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