Once Jesus was in a certain place praying. As he finished, one of his disciples came to him and said, “Lord, teach us to pray.” Luke 11:1 (NLT)
Yesterday I was looking at some online training. Each year I have to take a certain number of classes to maintain a certification I have. Honestly, it’s daunting. There are so many subjects and they have to fit a certain criteria in order for me to meet the requirements. As Jesus was teaching the disciples to be ‘fishers of men’, I wonder what kind of training they thought they needed. Did they need training on healing (technical)? How about managing crowds of 5000 (leadership)? Or saving the world (logistics)? Instead of asking for these things, they asked Jesus to teach them to pray; maybe because prayer is the key. When things are languishing in my spiritual walk, I can almost always tie it back to what I have started calling “lazy prayers”. This is usually a result of busyness which results in trying to quickly get through my worship time and rushing through my prayers where before I would linger. The disciples had their priorities straight. Prayer – time spent with God sharing and listening – is the key to everything. If I were going to categorize training in prayer, I think I’d call it strategic. It’s an integral part of everything.