Imitation

Luke 11:1 reads as follows: “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”.

Jesus was praying, in the company of His disciples, and when he stopped to pray, one of His disciples asked Him to teach them to pray. His disciple must have drawn inspiration from the nature of Jesus’s prayer life, and His communion with the Father. I think the disciple observed something beautiful in the way Jesus prayed; something worthy of imitation. He wanted what Jesus had.

When we spend time in observation of Christ, His character and nature, we often are overcome by His beauty. It may be any number of aspects of His divine nature – His humility, His mercy, His compassion, His obedience to His Father, or His willingness to serve. Whatever it may be, when we discover something which captures the imagination of our heart, we should respond like the disciple of old. We merely have to ask Him to teach us how to be like Him. And, as He revealed the model prayer to His disciples, so to He will reveal to us the model to any aspect of His nature.

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