As our Lord Jesus teaches his disciple to pray, notice he does not say “if you pray” but “when you pray.” God commands his children to pray. God wants us to be in relationship with him, expressing our joys and sorrows, needs and wants. Prayer is yet one more mark of discipleship.
Disciples of Jesus follow his example of prayer. Each of us prays, of that there is no doubt. But to follow Jesus’ example means that we would be intentional in our prayer, seeking out times each day when we withdraw from others and all distractions, spending time alone in prayerful conversation with God. This means quiet time, peaceful and uninterrupted. It also includes time to be quiet and listen for God’s answer.
Our Father in heaven hears our prayers. Even as we await his response, God is already at work answering prayers in his own way and in his own time. God knows our needs even before we do. Be still, know that he is God. He will hear you and fulfill your needs in great measure, in ways you can’t begin to imagine.
Prayer: Thank you Lord for hearing my prayer. Amen.