Have you ever felt like prayer was a chore? Like you’re not sure how to pray or that your prayers have become boring? It’s unfortunate that our prayer life could ever get to this point but in reality it’s all too common.
“To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.” – Martin Luther
We’ve been around others who seem to have a great prayer life and we desire that. We’ve also seen other’s who appear to us big, churchy words and make prayer such a show that it leaves a bad taste in our mouths (and souls!). However prayer is such a gift from God and so powerful in the hands and hearts of a believer that we must pursue it and make it a regular, good part of our life.
The disciples also wrestled with prayer. When Jesus was in the garden of Gethsemene he asked to disciples to pray while he went further to pray only to come back and find them asleep. Jesus said many times in the gospels, “When you pray…” (Matthew 6:5), suggesting that prayer is and would be a normal practice of the Christ follower. So it makes sense that the disciples would ask Jesus, “Lord, Teach us to pray.”
As we start this 6-week series, we will look to this very prayer that Jesus taught His disciples and ultimately us. This isn’t the only way we are to pray but it’s a great starting point. We believe that prayer is powerful and effective (James 5:16) and should be a daily part of our lives. So in faith we ask, Lord, teach us to pray!
“Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays.” – Soren Kierkegaard