As we get older, the idea of learning something new has the potential to create anxiety and pride in us.
Anxiety if it’s something we’re afraid we can’t grasp or that will showcase our inadequacies to those we work with or care about. Pride if we feel it’s assuming we don’t know something or need to be taught something new when the old methods work just fine for us.
Both of these responses come from a root problem of fear. We are anxious because we are afraid of failing or being seen as weak or old and outdated. We are prideful, and many times angry, for the same reasons of fear that we are anxious.
The problem with these responses is that as believers, we are meant to be lifelong students. We are to constantly learn more about our Savior and ourselves. We are to be disciples.
It is not surprising to hear the disciples ask Jesus to teach them. They were His disciples. The word disciple means student or follower. What is surprising is to only see them ask Jesus to teach them one thing; how to pray.
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
As we prepare to dig into this passage over the next two Sundays, would you be willing to include this simple request into your prayer life? Would you be willing to ask of Jesus, “Lord, teach me to pray?” I can assure you He will begin to open up to you new areas of prayer that will radically transform your life in ways you cannot predict or control. It may get messy.
Are you willing?