Luke 11: Room to Pray

Posted on March 19, 2014

One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”

2 He said to them, “When you pray, say:

hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come.
3 Give us each day our daily bread.
4 Forgive us our sins,
    for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.
And lead us not into temptation.’” (Luke 11:1-4)

Jesus was intentional about prayer. He was intentional about finding the time and the right place to pray. He made room to pray.

Luke tells us that Jesus was praying “in a certain place.” This makes me think there were certain places that would help him focus on his prayers. Away from distractions and the noise of others. A sacred space. He made room in his to-do list, his calendar, his relationships, and perhaps even a literal room, to pray.

I don’t know about you but there are times when intentional prayer gets crowded out amidst the busyness of my daily life. Maybe you and I need to become more intentional about making room for prayer, not just within our schedules but perhaps an actual, physical space, a Room to Pray, where we begin to spend some intentional time in focused prayer and be willing to say, “Lord, teach us to pray.”