by Ernest Easley

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Lord, Teach Us to Pray (2 of 6)
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
Matthew 6.5-13
May 11, 2003

One day a disciple of Jesus came to Him asking,
"Lord, teach us to pray." That disciple knew that his
prayer life was lacking. He knew that his prayer life
needed help!
Now let me ask you a question: how do you suppose
that disciple knew that his prayer life needed help?
Was it because the other disciples had a continuous,
consistent prayer life? Well perhaps. But I believe
he realized that his prayer life was lacking in
practice and power because of the prayer life of
Mark 1.35, "Now in the morning having risen a
long while before daylight, He went out and departed
to a solitary place; and there He prayed."
But why? Why was prayer a priority for Jesus?
John 5.19, "Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can
do nothing of Himself." Of His own testimony... Jesus
could do nothing of Himself.
It has been said that "when we depend upon
organizations, we get what organizations can do; when
we depend upon education, we get what education can
do; when we depend upon man, we get what man can do;
but when we depend upon prayer, we get what God can
No wonder God tells us in Psalm 50.15, "Call upon
Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you
shall glorify Me." In other words... when trouble
comes... God says, "Call upon Me... I will deliver you
and by delivering you... you are delivered and I get
the glory!"
Martin Luther said, "It is a good thing to let
prayer be the first business in the morning and the
last in the evening." And how we need to learn to hem
in both ends of the day with prayer so that it won't
be so likely to unravel in the middle!
God says in Jeremiah 33.3, "Call to Me, and I
will answer you, and show you great and mighty things,
which you do not know."
The problem is not unanswered prayer... it is un-
offered prayer. And how we need to be more like the
disciple t ...

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