For the remainder of this series, The Footsteps of the King, we will be providing a short blog on aspects of being a follower of Jesus.
Jesus taught on prayer, but perhaps as importantly his disciples saw the effect prayer had on Him and they asked Him to teach them again! Can you imagine how curious they must have been to ask Jesus to tell them something he had already explained in detail? He must have arisen from his time of prayer with an incredibly palpable sense of mission! They wanted to be filled with the same sense of mission. They wanted what He was receiving from his personal prayer life.
Are you familiar with his teaching on prayer in Matthew 6? In our memorization of it we miss a lot of the beauty of the prayer or we take it for granted. Jesus tells us that praying for the approval of others is dangerous. Second, he tells us not to be overly repetitive as though God is not a good Father. And then, he moves us through the intimacy, justice, provision and protection of the prayer. The disciples knew all of this and yet asked him to teach on it again anyway; they did so because they saw his countenance when he got up from praying in Luke 11.
The other thing we often ignore about the Lord’s prayer is that Jesus uses the word “reward” a number of times which throws us off because we know that salvation is not be merit but grace. Jesus is already fully there (see the Beatitudes) and therefore helps us see our earthly reward for enjoying what He purchased for us, specifically in prayer. All that said… I think the reward (based upon Matthew 6, Luke 11, Romans 14:17) is peace in our hearts, a sense of God’s love, and a confidence ion our calling as His agent of grace and love. That is the reward. Where do I get it? In your prayer closet.