Sermon delivered by Rev. Dr. Larry Maley at Dardenne Presbyterian Church on September 10, 2017
“Lord, Teach Us to Pray”
Scriptures: Luke 11:1-4 and Daniel 9:4-14
Joanne Shelter, a Wycliffe Bible translator serving in the Philippines, noticed that the new Christians in the tribe she was working with not know how pray. So Joanne prayed, “Lord, do whatever it takes to teach these people to pray.” About a month later, she was in a helicopter crash and almost died. That event prompted the people to pray fervently. “Lord, don’t let Joanne die because her Bible translating work is not done,” they pleaded. From then on, the people prayed passionately. Hearing that story, do you dare repeat the words of Jesus’ disciples when they requested, “Lord, teach us to pray.” Such a request may have unforeseen ramifications.
Prayer is far more than repetition of familiar words uttered before a meal, or tagged along a pastoral prayer. Prayer is the acknowledgement that our need for God is not partial – it is total! If we really ask the Lord to teach us to pray, He may place us in situations which are so overwhelming that we recognize our only option is prayer!