Learning to Pray

“In Luke 11, we have his version of the Lord’s Prayer. To introduce the prayer, Luke tells us the disciples came to Jesus and asked Him to teach them how to pray.

I’ve always been fascinated with their request.

For one thing, I’m not sure it’s what I would’ve asked Jesus.

Knowing me, I would’ve asked Him to teach me to walk on water (we know how that worked for Peter) or to raise the dead. I would’ve gone for something impressive, something flashy.

But this isn’t what the disciples wanted.

Why?I think they could tell there was something powerful yet intimate in the way Jesus prayed. Things happened when Jesus prayed. People changed when Jesus prayed.

And the disciples knew if they could learn to pray like this, they would be able to do more than they had ever imagined.

Too many times we treat prayer casually. It’s something we do before we go to sleep or before we eat, but we rarely pray knowing there’s potential in our prayer to change the world, to change someone’s life.

This is what the disciples wanted to learn how to do.It’s what we in the postmodern church need to learn as well.

– See more at: http://mikeglennonline.com/learning-pray/

Prayer is one of those things I’ve been doing for quite a while, but I’m still not very good at it. My thoughts tend to wander, my attention span goes away, and I forget what I’m doing.

I guess it’s a good thing that the Apostle Paul doesn’t tell us to pray perfectly. He doesn’t say, “Pray well.”

What he does say is “Pray without ceasing.”

Pray all the time, even if you feel like you can’t concentrate for more than a minute at a time. Pray, even when your brain feels like an internet browser with 50,000 tabs all open at the same time.

Pray when you feel the need. Pray when you don’t. Pray when God is near, and pray when He seems nonexistent.

Just pray.

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