Welcome to 31 Days in the School of Prayer!
I’m honored you are taking this journey with me, as I seek the heart of God through prayer. This will be a time of learning for me, and hopefully you, as we feast on the richness of the Lord’s Prayer and listen for how the Spirit wants to teach us from the Word regarding every area of the believer’s prayer life. Each additional post will be linked at the end of this one as the 31 days progress, in case you want to return and choose a certain day or lesson. To learn more about a prayer movement in our nation and the reason I’m studying prayer so intently, you may read this post.
“One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.’ “
I can’t think of a better, more important attitude with which to enter the school of prayer. The most useful words you may speak over the next 31 days…and all of life, just may be, “Teach me.”
For me, these two words have walked me into a humble room in which a contrite heart is softened, ready to hear from the Lord. What teacher does not want a student hungry to learn? Christ is our willing teacher, looking for hungry students.
John C. Maxwell says to be teachable is to be willing to learn, unlearn and then relearn again.
Are we willing to learn, unlearn and relearn the practice of prayer. Can we come like children to the all-knowing Savior with a fresh obedience and willingness to learn?
I’ve heard the best teachers are even better students. And what student does not benefit greatly from this one perspective: “Let me be teachable.”
Recently, I pushed the rewind button on my prayer life. I don’t want to spend my whole life spitting out words in my own strength, my own power, or my own knowledge. So for every person I am praying for – I began saying this:
“For ________, Lord, insight, wisdom and faith – teach me how to pray for ________.”
“Spirit, teach me how to pray for _______.”
“For ________, Lord – may you give insight, wisdom and faith – may I hear from you, Lord and pray thus.”
When was the last time you asked the Lord to teach you how to pray?“True prayer, that takes hold of God’s strength, that availeth much, to which the gates of heaven are really opened wide-who would not cry, Oh, for someone to teach me thus to pray? Jesus has opened a school, in which He trains His redeemed ones, who specially desire it, to have power in prayer. Shall we not enter it with the petition, Lord! it is just this we need to be taught! O, teach us to pray.” – Andrew Murray
We are disciples and learners. I’ve found a freedom in acknowledging my freshman status in this great academy. I humbly learn from Moses, who prayed, “If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you.”
Every excellent teacher gives expectations upfront. So does the Father.
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you. Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you.” Psalm 32:8-9
Must He beg us to come to Him – to show up – to trust Him with our time?
“He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being taught. The Sovereign LORD has opened my ears, and I have not been rebellious.” Isaiah 50:4b-5
It is important to note, deep in our spirit, that He will teach the teachable, the hungry. When He does, may we be obedient.
Our teacher is the Holy Spirit. Christ told us in John 14 that the Spirit will teach us all things and remind us of everything Christ has said. What a privilege to learn from a Teacher who knows all things.
As we enter the school of prayer, may we join the disciples and even King David, who said, “Teach me, O Lord.” It’s how we will begin.
Lord, teach us to pray. Teach me.