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    Following Christ's Pattern for Prayer

    October 12, 2018 by Dr. Peggy Banks
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    “Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” (Luke 11:1, ESV)

    The disciples had observed something very different about the way Jesus prayed. His praying was different from the way they prayed. They wanted to learn to pray as Jesus prayed.

    How about us today? Are we seeking to pray as Jesus prayed?

    Prayer is a way to approach God with the requests that we have on our hearts for ourselves, for others and for the church. As Jesus laid out a prayer for his disciples to pray, we have laid out requests in our October prayer calendar for our intercessors to pray for Latin America and the Caribbean. Just like the disciples, as we come together to pray this month, it is good for us to pray as Jesus instructs us to pray.

    First, let’s approach our loving Father, declare his goodness and grace and seek his will for our lives. Second, let us also recognize and seek his provision for our own needs and the needs of our sisters and ministry in Latin America and the Caribbean.
     
    One last thing to remember is to come before God humbly to seek forgiveness and strength so that we can forgive those who have sinned against us in life. This is not easy to do for ourselves and may be even harder to do for others when we know that many of our sisters are suffering in difficult situations – situations that seem far away from our own comfort and safety. But God is near to the brokenhearted (Psalm 34:18). Today, as we carry our sister’s burdens in prayer to God, we can believe he will care for them (Galatians 6:2).
     
    Thank you for sharing God’s love every time you bend your knees to pray.