Now, it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray as John also taught the disciples.’ (Luke 11:1)
The Lord’s people want to pray.
Most of the Lord’s people want to learn to pray.
You are the one to teach them effective praying, pastor.
You do know how, don’t you?
Granted, none of us do it very well. Even the great Apostle Paul said, “We do not know how to pray as we should” (Romans 8:26). So, we are not saying any of us do it as well as we should, only that we know enough to be able to help others.
Here are some thoughts on the subject….
One. Model good praying for your congregation, pastor. “Being examples to the flock” (I Peter 5:3).
Two. Pray faithfully in the privacy of your home/office/car without ever telling anyone. Let this be between you and the Lord. Anything less turns us into hypocrites. Telling people to do what we are not doing is never good.
Three. But in worship services, understand that people will be learning from you how to pray. They’re listening, and they are learning.
Four. Therefore, give advance thought to your public prayers. Work on praying better and more effectively.
Five. Always be aware that people are not only praying with you, but listening to how you pray so they will know how to do it better. Even if they are not aware of it, they will be copying some of the things you do.
Six. . Teach them these things about public prayer: