Today’s Key Scripture

“Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.’”

— Luke 11:1

One of the greatest requests in the Word of God is the one made to the Lord Jesus by His disciples—“Lord, teach us to pray”—a cry that still echoes in the hearts of those who long to follow Him.

Why did the disciple make such a vital request? It is because of the great and mighty hunger that dwelled in their hearts for the knowledge of God.

That should be a believer’s great desire, and effective prayer is God’s invitation into His limitlessness. Prayer crosses the border of time into eternity.

So in response to the disciple’s request to “teach us to pray,” the answer the Lord Jesus gave so long ago is as fresh and applicable right now as it was when He first offered the Model Prayer. He knew that a good example is worth a thousand sermons. He lived it daily. As a result, we not only have His teaching that came as a result of the disciple’s request, but we have an example, a Model Prayer, and a powerful pattern which we can follow.

In the next 10 devotionals, let us look briefly at our Master’s Model Prayer. I pray that God will touch your life through this study.


A Prayer for Today

Today I pray:

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen. (Matthew 6:9-13)


*All Scripture references are NKJV unless otherwise noted.