From the Word of the Day
He was praying in a certain place, and when he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples.” (Luke 11: 1)
This word teaches us the primary importance of example and witness. The apostles do not dream of asking for teaching regarding prayer at whatever time. They do so in a very precise situation and circumstance; when they saw for themselves how Jesus prayed. It is important even today to start with the premise of witness regarding the necessary teaching on prayer. It is good to exhort others to pray, especially our children; it is part of the process of education. However, this is not enough. It becomes even counterproductive if the exhortation is not intimately united to a good life.
Praying is like breathing, something that is vitally necessary. However, it presupposes freedom and an interior life. This does not mean that parents and educators do not need to attend to prayer. The first step of this effort to educate to prayer is to show them its great practical advantage. Those who pray with faith enter into loving contact with God who has created us and infinitely loves us. Thus, those who pray give their very heart to God and are supported on the journey by Him. They are helped by Him and realize their own Christian, human maturation.
Lord, give me Your Spirit to teach me day after day how to pray and as I pray, to become more and more a witness of Your love.
The Voice of the Wisdom of the Ancient Chassidim
The human being who does not daily have a time for self in the breath of prayer is not a human being.