Heirs Rights to The Throne Room of Glory
“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. And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name”…”And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” Luke 11:1-2a; 9-10(KJV)
There are two occasions in the New Testament that Jesus gives His disciples a “model” for approaching God’s presence in prayer, Matthew 6:9-13 and Luke 11:1-4. The purpose and focus of Jesus’ teaching is different in each Scripture. In Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus is warning His disciples against the hypocritical manner of praying set forth by the “religious establishment.” In our text, Jesus is honoring the request of one of His disciples to teach all of His disciples how to pray.
In our text, one of Jesus’ disciples stood by and watched as He prayed. When He had finished, the disciple said, “Teach us to pray as John taught his disciples to pray.” Scripture is unclear as to why this unnamed disciple felt compelled to ask Jesus to teach his disciples to pray following this episode of seeing “The Son” in communion with “The Father.” Scripture declares that praying to the Father was a regular and common occurrence in the life of the Savior. Scripture is silent on the urgency of the disciple’s request. Perhaps, like many serious followers of Jesus Christ, he realized that the task to which he had been called stretched far beyond the capacity of his humanity and he knew he needed strength from God to carry out His charge from Christ. Maybe, as he looked at the terrain of life and faith over which the Gospel must travel, he felt inadequate and afraid. I do not know. Scripture does not say. I am comfortable in saying that Jesus was calling His disciples into a new way of understanding life and their relationship with God. He was calling them to a place of loving their enemies and doing good to those who would despitefully use you. This is a hard place for our humanity to stand. He was calling them to put serving the Lord before every one and every thing that they loved. Except the Lord gives us strength, most of us cannot get to this place in our mind, heart and spirit. Jesus was calling his disciples to break away from their old religious understandings and trust in His new teachings as the Son of God. And even more, leave all you have and trust God completely for everything that they would need as they followed faithfully after Jesus Christ. Such commands in walking with the Lord would deeply disturb the soil of most of our souls.
As Jesus taught His disciples to pray He helped them to understand that by their faith in Him they had “Heirs Rights to The Throne Room of Glory” and therein they could live with the assurance that their heavenly Father would provide for their every need. As they walked with the Lord they would come to know that all that Jesus taught them was true. They would learn by faith that:
- Our faith in Jesus returns us to the family of God! (Rom. 8:14-17)
- Jesus Christ will be forever with you as you walk with me in faith! (Matt. 28:19-20)
- We can live without anxiety as we face the issues of life and faith! (Phil. 4:6-7)
- God will provide for our every need! (Phil. 4:19)
- Christ will give you strength for ALL that He charges to your hands! (Phil. 4:13)
- Jesus Christ will enable you to use your gifts of grace for the building up of His Church! (Eph.4:11-16)
- God is able to do more than we ask or think by the power of His indwelling spirit in us. (Eph. 3:20)
Prayer: Lord, on those occasions that we wrestle and struggle with our humanity and vulnerability as we seek to faithfully serve you here on earth, call to our remembrance that You are always with us, even in our weakness and even more, we have “Heirs Rights to Your Throne Room in Glory.” And, we can go there with the confidence of knowing that we are having communion with our heavenly Father and You will meet our every need out of Your riches in glory.
Rev. Larron D. Jackson, DMin
Denver Cluster Ministry and Mission Coach