The Lord’s Prayer gives an outline of how Jesus prayed.
Over the disciples’ lifespan we see them grow from falling asleep in the Garden of Gethsemane to becoming a people whose prayers welcomed the will of God from Heaven to earth.
When did they experience significant change in their prayer life? It would appear that the coming of the Holy Spirit changed the practice of prayer in significant ways.
Consider what Jesus told them about the coming Holy Spirit. After miraculously raising from the dead, He appeared to many of his followers and gave some final teaching before ascending to Heaven.
In fact, the last recorded words of Jesus before the Ascension mention very specific things about what was happening.
Jesus describes the Holy Spirit in a couple significant ways here. First, Jesus is going to send the Holy Spirit in place of his own physical presence. Jesus said that this is what the Father had promised. We see this in the ancient prophecies. For example:
The effect of God’s Holy Spirit in our lives changes us into dreamers and visionaries. God has always wanted to bring His Holy Spirit to be in our lives. To know that this is God’s plan and desire sets the stage for a new kind of relationship with humanity.
The second thing we see in Jesus’ words is a description of being clothed with power. Clothing is something that is added on to your being. Clothing covers and comforts us. Clothing protects us and adds something to our identity.
My feet were not born wearing socks. They had to be put on. Likewise, the power of God is not something that you generate or create. God’s power comes into our life as the Holy Spirit covers us. We are clothed with the power of His Spirit.