"Lord, teach us to pray..." was the request of one of the disciples in Luke 11. Jesus so lovingly responds to his request and then in verse 9 reminds them to keep seeking, keep knocking, keep asking.
As I read this passage, the words "teach us" seemed to jump off the page. I thought about the disciples having access to the greatest teacher they had ever heard and how they desired to learn. And then I begin to think about what Jesus has taught me and what I still long to learn.
He has taught me that life's circumstances are not a direct reflection of God's love, or lack there of, for me. God's love was shown, proven and confirmed in the death of Jesus - who was completely given for me. So often the first questions into our minds during difficult times and seasons of life is, "God, do you love me? If so then why is this happening?" But the cross settles the argument of God's love. Every step to the cross Jesus took was a testament of God's love to us. "For God so loved... that He gave His Son". John 3:16
How would I finish the sentence "Lord teach me to ____."? I would say, teach me to love like you loved me; teach me to pray with faith and persistence; teach me wisdom and knowledge through scripture; teach me humility and grace; teach me compassion.
Why did Jesus teach them? Because they asked him to. They desired to know more. What an amazing thought that when we ask him to teach us, He does!