When Jesus perceived that they were about to come and take Him by force to make Him king, He departed again to the mountain by Himself alone. John 6:15 (NKJV)

Although Christ’s disciples saw Him work many miracles during their three-year apprenticeship, the Bible records only one instance in which they asked their Master to explain His phenomenal power. “Lord, teach us to pray,” they requested after observing Christ in a concentrated time of communion with the Father (Luke 11:1). They must have grasped that somehow prayer was the invisible source of Jesus’ ministry and their success depended on understanding its secrets.

What followed was a pattern for all believers. At the heart of Christ’s instructions was the pivotal phrase: “Thy kingdom come. / They will be done, / On earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10 NASB). That is the core of genuine prayer, seeking and submitting to the will of God in every circumstance.

Whatever your circumstance is today, let prayer steer you into HIS WILL.

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