Jesus assumed that the disciples will pray, and he had good reason to assume that. The disciples had noticed his habit of praying not just before meals. Throughout his ministry, the gospels report that Jesus gave himself time and space to pray, even praying all night (Luke 6:12).
As his disciples, they were being trained to do as he did, to emulate his habits. They wanted to do this well, so they asked, "Lord, teach us to pray." His response included his expectation that they would pray, "When you pray" (not if), "say..." What follows is a shortened version of what we now know as "The Lord's Prayer" (Luke 11:1-4).
It's good that the disciples were wise enough to ask to be taught to pray. We act as though we're just supposed to know how, but my experience is that it's something we need to learn and grow in. Give some thought to your prayer life. Who taught you to pray? How did your prayer habits get formed? What are they like now?
We'll think about prayer this Sunday. We're glad to have one of Central's young adults, J.T. Brown, as the preacher in The Well. J.T. is a rising senior at USC and is considering seminary after college. You will enjoy him.
I'll be in the sanctuary and we'll all be praying everywhere. Join us.