Spiritual Discipline: Prayer

Prayer is a funny thing. It is the discipline that everyone seems know about, at least on an awareness level, but very few can teach you about it. We just assume that everyone knows how to talk to God. Simple, straight forward, right?

Stop for a second and think about the disciples. It’s safe to assume they’ve prayed in some fashion or another through out their lives, most likely exposed to the cultural expectations of daily prayer, and yet, when they hear Christ pray it causes them to question the efficacy of their own habits. There was a richness about the words, as if they were intentional. He spoke with an intimacy as if God really was His father. And when He asked for something, you just knew it would come to pass as if God’s own desires where driving verbatim each syllable of His prayer. And so, the disciples asked:

Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” And he said to them, “When you pray, say:
“Father, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come.
Give us each day our daily bread,
and forgive us our sins,
for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
And lead us not into temptation.”
Lord, teach us to pray. There is a great deal of encouragement for both of us in that little phrase. It means that we can be taught how to pray. Think of praying as broadband internet. If Netflix stops working, you don’t assume the entire Internet is down, or that Netflix has suddenly stopped its services. No, you assume your router needs to be reset or something is wrong with your connection. Is it not the same with prayer?
So if you feel like your prayers stop at the ceiling or are terrified of being called on at Church to pray, stick around the next couple of days as we dive into the intricacies of this discipline.  Be encouraged, we both have to be taught how to do it. You’re not alone.

 

Discipline of Prayer Series
Interested in reading more about prayer? Be sure to check out the other posts in the series:

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