I don’t know. Did it start out that way? Hard to imagine Jesus having a prayer meeting with His disciples and it being only Jesus who prayed…yet the scripture sort of implies that. I don’t quite get it. Maybe all of them had started out praying…and…can you imagine physically kneeling or standing by Jesus as He prayed? And you’re supposed to be praying, too? Talk about pressure and intimidation. Anyway the first verse of chapter 11 of Luke says,
“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 so, maybe it was this way, that after the disciples had finished praying and then stood around or knelt or sat and waited for Him to be finished, one of them thought as he heard Him praying, “Have mercy…we don’t know a thing about this…won’t you help us out, Jesus, won’t you share a secret or two about this prayer business, we certainly don’t have this together, I see that now… And so, Jesus tenderly began to teach his men to pray.
A few minutes ago, I finished several hours of study in the Scriptures and tomorrow I will take my Bible and my notes and the handouts which are nicely printed and stapled together, and I will sit at a table with a small group of ladies and we will talk about Jesus and what He has to say about prayer. I am the teacher–supposedly the learned scholar–the leader–the guide–the elevated one who has the answers and who points the way…and the truth is, I don’t know a thing about the whole lesson.
Except this…One of the lines Jesus spoke is, “Thy will be done…” and that’s what I know. Not much, I admit. Merely a few words, certainly not original, maybe not profound… but that’s it…that’s what I know.