“Teach Us to Pray”
By Rev. Greg Smith
Charles Spurgeon, known as the “Prince of Preachers,” knew that the most important thing in his meetings was not preaching—it was prayer. It was said that he once took a group of students on a tour of his building, showing them the “power room” of the church. Instead of a furnace, he showed them a room full of people praying, just before the service where Spurgeon was to preach. Without prayer, Spurgeon knew his preaching would be in vain. Jesus’ disciples also knew that. They could have asked Jesus to teach them anything—how to heal, how to cast out demons, how to preach. But in Luke 11:1 they asked Him, “Lord, teach us to pray.” Jesus had sent them out to do all those other things, but they knew that without prayer they could not accomplish any of it.
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.