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)
Communication is the key.
Effective exchange of information from one party to the other and vice-versa. It’s a basic fundamental feature of life. When applied correctly, even the toughest situation can be negotiated. When applied incorrectly, even the simplest task can be the cause of major upset.
From the outset, Jesus has been on a mission reliant on the Holy Spirit. Those who are with him notice his habit of engaging in the most important communication of all, communicating with the Father. They notice and want him to teach them how to pray.
His teaching is not wrapped up with a script. He spends time talking about a life of engaging with God that’s about asking, seeking and knocking. Doing all this knowing that the good Father will give the same Holy Spirit that enables Jesus to do his mission to us to enable us to do ours.
This gift motivates our conversation with God. We become who we are through that communication with God. Life has its purpose back on track through this engagement with God. You can tell Him whatever you need to and also know He will guide you so your thoughts align with His, even as your heart is moved to draw closer to His.
It’s worth taking the time to invest in such an essential part of life because communication is key.