Once when Jesus had been out praying, one of his disciples came to him as he finished and said, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” Luke 11:1
“Lord teach us to pray like John taught…”. Every time I read this I almost stumble over the words. It does not seem to fit the natural flow. I expect it to read “Lord, teach us to pray like you do”.
It is almost as if they are saying, “Hey Jesus, the guy before you did it like this…”. Some of them had been John’s disciples. Then Jesus came on the scene and they began following Him.
John was a faithful prophet and spiritual leader. He taught his disciples just as the scriptures commanded. Spiritual leaders are expected to teach and to lead others. And we see in this passage that prayer is something that must be taught. It is a learned behavior. It does not come naturally.
Jesus knows this; and, at the end of His earthly ministry, He promises to send the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the One who will teach them all things and remind them of everything Jesus taught them. In the same way, Paul tells us in Romans that “because we do not know how to pray, the Spirit intercedes for us”.
Sunday, we will hear the rest of the story. Jesus continues to teach by saying; “Our Father which art in Heaven, hallowed be thy Name”!