Luke 11:1 says, “Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, "Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples."” The Lord Jesus initiated teachings on so many things to His disciples; I find it interesting that the Lord waited until He was asked to teach them on prayer. Maybe He was waiting until there was a hunger in their heart to really have a life of prayer. What good is it to have 50 books on prayer if we don’t pray? We need to understand the great privilege we have been given to be able to stand before the throne of God to know Him and make petitions that change nations. After He gives them different areas to be prayed about, the Lord relays to them how willing Father God is to answer our prayers. We should “give Him no rest” (Isaiah 62:7) in prayer until we see the fulfillment of His promises manifested in the earth. He desires to hear and answer prayer to change people, situations, families and nations.
Jesus said in Luke 11:35, “take heed that the light which is in you is not darkness.” It’s very possible to know what the Word of God says, believe we believe it, but not really believe it. To have “darkness” in an area isn't good, but it’s much worse to think we have “light” (truth) in area but don’t. We need to be honest about what we don’t know, seek the truth with a right heart, and be quick to believe what we see in God’s Word.
Read through the Bible with us in 2012! The reading plan can be downloaded below; we are reading in chronological order. Check back often to read the blog posts on the Bible readings and discuss things in the "comments" section.
2012 Bible Plan