Luke 11:1-4 (New International Version)
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.’ ”
The apostles had witnessed the many miracles of Jesus, and seen how their own preaching also yielded miracles when Jesus sent them out. They knew the common prayers learnt in the synagogue; however, they were now convinced that to have the type of power Jesus had, they have to be able to pray like him.
So they come to Jesus to ask to be taught the secret to effective prayer; his response reveals the two great agenda to prayer.
FIRST, prayer should be about God’s agenda – “your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10 New International Version)
SECONDLY, prayer should also be about laying down our physical and spiritual needs, and shortcomings, before God on a daily basis, for divine provision.
Effective solution to all the problems in the world, and the problems we face in our individual lives, is when there is direct rule of heaven over the earth, a time when there will be NO greed – selfishness – wickedness – lawlessness, NO pain – death – sorrows. This is what God’s agenda is about and should be our first prayer point always.
May we always pray like Jesus teaches us to pray, so our prayers can be perfectly in line with God’s will, and effective in meeting our needs, Amen!