When we go through painful times of struggle or suffering, the one thing we want most from God is answers. We think that if He would just explain why He is allowing us to hurt so badly, things would be better. But the truth is, God’s explanations would only raise more questions. Answers are not what we need. Instead, we should pray for a fresh revelation of God’s greatness, because once we catch a glimpse of His greatness and glory, all of life and its struggles will be put into perspective, and we will be able to see that He is indeed in control and He knows what He is doing, even when we don’t understand.
Lord, Teach Us To Pray
The disciples had grown up hearing scripted prayers that were memorized and recited repeatedly, but when they heard Jesus pray, their hearts were stirred and they knew He was connecting to God in a way they never had. So they said, “Lord, teach us to pray.” In the response Jesus gave them, we can gain a right understanding of how to approach God, and we can truly learn how to pray.