One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, 'Lord, teach us to pray...' -- Luke 11:1a
"Jesus had just finished praying. And the disciples had been watching Him.
"Their observations led to curiosity, and curiosity created a desire to learn, to grow, to experience what Jesus experienced. So they asked Him to teach them -- to train them -- to pray."1
And so He did. The disciples wanted so desperately to know how to pray; do we? It's interesting that Jesus didn't give a long dissertation on the finer points of prayer. Prayer wasn't to be preachy or lengthy. He taught them in five (yes, just five) verses.
Matthew 6: 9 - 13 NIV 1984
9 “This, then, is how you should pray:
“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 Forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.’”
Prayer can sometimes seem like a chore, and it shouldn't be. Communicating with God is such a vital part of our understanding of who He is and what He has done for us. What is prayer worth to you? What would your day be like without prayer?
What about the Ning, who don't have the Bible in their heart language? How do they learn to pray? What is the (simple) act of praying to our Heavenly Father worth? For the Ning, it is a whole new experience.
Five verses. That's all. At $26 per verse, we can help them learn for just $130.
1Bill McCoy, p. 12, Seedlinks magazine, February 2011.