He was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” (Luke 11:1, NRSV)
I was reading John Stott’s book on preaching this morning. In it, he describes what he sees at the four-fold task of a pastor – feeding, guiding, guarding, and healing.
I’ve also been reading Luke-Acts as part of Bishop Ken Carter’s invitation to all United Methodists to spend a year with those two books. As I turned to Luke 11, after reading Stott’s book, it struck me that prayer touches all four or those tasks.
Prayer feeds the people of God. It guides them. It guards them from attack. It heals them. Praying and teaching people to pray is fundamental to the pastoral vocation.
So, that leads me to a question. How do we do that? How do you do that? What ways have you taught people to pray? What ways have others taught you?