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Teaching Prayer by Example Requires Availability

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When the disciple asked Jesus to teach them to pray, He was ready to instruct them in this teachable moment.

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.” He said to them, “When you pray, say . . .” (Lk. 11:1-4)

Jesus obviously was approachable. The disciple felt the freedom to ask Jesus to mentor them in prayer. Jesus was available in the past to answer their questions or concerns, sometimes even before they asked.

Notice the words “when he finished.” There was a direct correlation between Jesus praying and their request. They saw Him praying. They were ready to learn. He responded immediately. A timely response is so important in using these kinds of teachable moments. Jesus did not put them off to a more convenient time for Him. He knew verbal instruction would best be received when they were ready.

Because they were ready to receive instruction, Jesus then went into applicational mode — “WHEN you pray, say …” He expected that they would indeed pray.

For Personal Reflection: Do you make yourself available to these kinds of teachable moments or do you put people off until you are ready?

Resource:  Discipling Students to Pray Worksheet

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