Who are you teaching to pray? Now maybe no one has come to you like Jesus disciples and asked you specifically to teach them to pray. However, we don’t always teach one on one or in a class or Sunday school class room either. The truth is we do far more teaching from a distance than we realize.
That’s right, like it or not, people are watching us, listening to us, forming opinions based on us and even mimicking us. So, who are you teaching to pray because they see how important of a part of your daily life it is, how serious you take it, how committed you are to it and how much you have faith in it? Who sees and hears you approach your Father with reverence, not just accept but embrace His will over your own? Who sees you humbly seeking His forgiveness and acknowledging you need to forgive others and daily admitting you daily need the Father’s protection, guiding and leadership? Who hears you praising God daily for all He has provided and that you really do trust in Him for all your needs?
And who knows you are bold, persistent and believing in your prayer life because they see and hear you keep seeking, asking and knocking? Who are you teaching to pray? You never know who is watching and listening and learning from you. How are you teaching those who are to pray? “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
Dr. William Burnham is pastor of Point of Grace Church in Covington. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.