How did the act of speaking to God become so complicated?
One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” Luke 11:1 (NIV)
How to pray has been a question posed since Biblical times. Jesus’ disciples asked him to teach them to pray. What better one to ask?
When I think about the model prayer Jesus gave, I’m awed by the simplicity of the words yet how those few lines encompassed so many areas of one’s life with such few words.
Bookstores are burgeoning with books on prayer and my shelves are lined with more than a couple I must admit. In fact I was reading Confessions of a Prayer Slacker by Diane Moody just yesterday. But I wonder does our intellectual pursuits of reading and talking about prayer leave us void of the business of actually praying.
Questions for Reflection
Are you doing more research about prayer than spending time in prayer?
Is wanting to improve your prayer technique wrong? Can we actually improve our praying?
How does one balance learning about prayer with the act of praying?
If someone asked you, how would you teach them to pray?
What Others Are Sharing About Prayer
- Lord Teach Us to Pray: Posts So Far (godspace.wordpress.com)
- Why Are We Surprised When God Answers Our Prayers? (bepatientwithme.wordpress.com)
- How you can go from “saying” your prayers to “praying” your prayers… (rcspiritualdirection.com)
- Nothing less (mustardseedbudget.wordpress.com)
- This prayer will change your life (marydemuth.com)
- 5 Fingered Prayer (pinki-alabasterboxministry.blogspot.com)