I Surely Do Wish That I Could Do That
People that are highly gifted in what they do inspire others. Most of us as children have dreams of doing something great. In our imaginations, we long to be firemen because we realize it would be good to rescue people from harm’s way. Or, we long to be policemen so that we can take out the “bad guys” that hurt others. Along the way, we learn from watching those that help others that we would like to be doctors, teachers, nurses, or coaches. Even as a Senior Adult, I can remember adults in those fields that were so very good to me as a boy that I dreamed of being like them and doing what they did so very well.
Jesus is the ultimate inspirational hero of mine and of all that follow Him as His converts. Everything He did, He did it perfectly. And, of all of the things that He did, we that are called by His name never can really measure up. Neither could the twelve disciples. However, they were astute enough to realize that the one thing needed to be “more like Him” was to be able to pray like Him. That is my quest but the ability to do so is beyond me. To be effective in prayer takes deep commitment to God, our Father, a growing relationship with Jesus, the Son, and to be fully surrendered to God, the Holy Spirit, so that He makes “groaning’s” for us when our words are so frail. I long to fellowship with my LORD and hear Him speak to me in such a way that my soul is transformed daily. The reality is that it is still my quest to get to that place, and yet, it is still not my standing with God. Like Paul, “I press on toward the prize”.
For three years, the disciples learned by hearing Jesus preach and teach “as one who has authority.” They heard the Sermon on the Mount preached by the Son of God. They heard him condemn self-righteous Pharisees and encourage a woman caught in adultery to “go and sin no more.” The disciples heard Jesus command the wind and waves (and witnessed their obedience). They heard him forgive sins. I suspect that they somehow knew the sins were forgiven.
For three years, the disciples learned by watching Jesus do the impossible. They saw him heal the deaf, the blind, the lame, and the sick. They saw him feed 5,000 men plus women and children with a boy’s lunch. They saw him cast out demons. They saw him raise the dead.
Incredibly, they did not ask Jesus to “teach us to teach and preach with authority.” They did not ask Jesus to “teach us to feed a multitude with a little.” They did not ask Jesus to “teach us to overcome disease, demons, and death.”
Jesus was God incarnate. His divine power was beyond human comprehension. But the disciples noticed something he did that they could learn.
Luke 11:1 – One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord teach us… to pray.” (Copied).
Lord Jesus, thank you that you left us the Model Prayer so that we understand the rudiments of time with you. Fill us with the passion to seek to be with you more than with all others. Grant us wisdom and authority in prayer. Draw us by the power of your Holy Spirit to be people of prayer. Thank you for your patience. Empower us. Ignite our hearts with love. Amen.