And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.” (Lk 11: 1) Evidently, in this passage our Lord “was praying in a certain place” in the presence of His disciples, - who were not, however, praying with Him. For some reason, they were simply there (maybe just sitting around), and “when he ceased,” one of them asked Him, “Lord, teach us to pray….” And Jesus famously proceeds to teach them the Our Father. I don’t know exactly how the Lord “was praying” in this “certain place,” which prompted the disciple’s request; whether Christ stood, kneeled, just sat quietly, whispered, or prayed aloud. Whatever He did, the disciples recognized that they did not, in contrast, know how to pray. I note today the precious quality expressed in the request, “Lord, teach us…” It is teachability. It is the ability to recognize my need to be taught, and a desire to be taught, on my journey to salvation. If I have difficulty praying, or contemplating His word, or opening up to His grace in my work, or in my relationships with other people, let me ask Him, “Lord, teach me!” May I have the eyes to see and the ears to hear what God has to teach me today, be it through His word, and/or through the people, conversations, situations, difficulties or opportunities that come my way throughout this day.

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