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e made it. The year that shattered  We need to pray now, so we need teaching
                 nearly all personal misery index  now on how to pray.
        Wrecords is behind us. As vaccines     Interestingly, the disciples’ request was
        are being administered, it may not be too   not “Lord, teach us to preach,” nor was it
        long until we’re able to see the bottom half   “Lord, teach us to perform great miracles.”
        of people’s faces again. But for some, that   They wanted to learn how to pray. It was
        bottom half still bears no smile, and the   not that the Lord’s teaching and powerful
        beginning of 2021 is perhaps even darker   signs didn’t impress them, but His prayer
        than the middle of 2020. The physical toll   life impressed them all the more so as to
        of the virus is something that statisticians   ask, “Lord, teach us to pray.” The need of
        can instantly measure, but the spiritual toll   the hour is prayer. Teaching on prayer may
        on individuals and assemblies is slowly   not be as exciting or intriguing as seminars
        coming to light. As deep and varied needs   and conferences on Bible prophecy, spiri-
        are being exposed, so is our own inability   tual gifts or the age of the earth, but prayer
        to meet them. We desperately need God’s   is the only pathway to call down spiritual
        help and wisdom, which is available to   wisdom from above to address the chal-
        those who ask – “But if anyone is deficient   lenges of a post-pandemic world.
        in wisdom, he should ask God, who gives
        to all generously and without reprimand,   Notice that the Lord immediately an-
        and it will be given to him” (Jas 1:5 NET).   swered  His  disciples’  “prayer”  to  be
        We need to pray.                     taught how to pray. He did not hesitate,
                                             but promptly gave them a pattern to fol-
          If you’re anything like me, you may try to   low, a parable to instruct and a promise
        pray, but sometimes you don’t know where   to encourage (11:2-13). So too, we can be
        to start or what to say when surrounded by   confident that the Lord will hear our cries
        such overwhelming need. Every so often,   for wisdom and answer our sincere desires
        the language of our hearts is the same as
        that of Christ’s disciples: “Lord, teach us to   for instruction on how to pray.
        pray” (Luk 11:1). Such teaching is desper-  As much as we anticipate seeing the
        ately needed just now. In fact, the Greek   whole of people’s faces again, may we
        verb rendered “teach us” implies urgency   presently seek the Lord’s face, and may He
        and could be translated “teach us now.”    use this issue of Truth & Tidings, devoted
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        ¹ Darrell L. Bock, Baker Exegetical Commentary on   to the vital subject of prayer, to be at least
        the New Testament: Luke (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker   a part of His answer to our plea, “Lord,
        Academic, 1996), 1050.               teach us to pray.”

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