In imparting his teaching on prayer, Christ responds to a request from his disciples who, seeing him pray, understand that they have a unique relationship with their father. 

We find another version of Jesus' prayer in the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew's Gospel. In Luke, Jesus did not gather his disciples together by telling them, "Today I am going to teach you an important subject: prayer," he was responding to a request from his disciples who, seeing Jesus pray, understood that he had a unique relationship with his father.

Prayer, the disciples know what it is, since they were little they were taught to turn to God, and now, seeing Jesus praying, they realize that they don't know how to pray, so they ask him the big question: Teach us how to pray.

Jesus takes advantage of the question to convey his teaching about prayer.

Prayer of the day

God the Father,

Sometimes my heart longs for all the things I think I don't have, instead of valuing the blessings You give. Today, I choose to surrender all my desires and instead rest in Your love. In Psalm 46:10 , you exhort us to recognize your glory, telling us, "Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth." Your glory is enough - you are enough. As You told your son Joshua when he was about to enter the Promised Land thousands of years ago, You will never leave us or forsake us. We can trust You, and You will protect and provide for us.

Help me to rest in that love and to feel the peace You provide rest in my bones today and every day. I love You, Lord.


Message and thought of the day

Of the various prayer requests, one is particularly precious, that of the Spirit, to which is associated a beautiful promise: "If you know how to give good things to your children, how much more will not the heavenly Father give-he the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!"

The promise of the Spirit is the promise of an indwelt promise. We have all experienced dry prayer, in which we feel that we are speaking only to ourselves. This is why we should begin all our prayers with an invocation to the Spirit: "Lord, I don't know how to pray, I ask you for your Spirit so that my prayer may be alive to help me be your son better!"

So when we follow God's word and pray daily, we are connected with Divine love.