One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray…” Luke 11:1
Over the years, I’ve heard (and taught/preached) that prayer is simply communicating to God. It is spending time with God by talking and listening to him. I’ve even heard of stories of people who literally pull up an empty chair next to theirs and picture Jesus sitting in the chair as they talk with him.
I do think prayer is simple, but I think there is a lot more to it than simply having a cup of coffee and a conversation with God. Apparently, Jesus’ prayer life was much different than that of the disciples. It was so different that they asked Jesus to teach them to pray. Like Jesus’ disciples, we need to learn to pray.
Jesus not only taught his disciples how to pray, but he modeled prayer for them. If you are serious about learning to pray, find someone who can teach you to pray and model it for you. I think this is one of the side benefits (Collateral Benefits…Is that a thing or am I making up a new term?) of our Friday morning prayer time (BTW, we have changed our Friday morning prayer time at Graystone Church to 6:00AM.). In just two short weeks, I’ve learned that we have some seasoned prayer warriors in the group. There are several people who know how to pray and are leading the way for others.
There are also people in our Friday morning prayer group who are not comfortable praying out loud. And it is super encouraging to me that they are coming and are a part of our prayer circle. And I know by them simply coming to the “prayer meeting”, they are going to learn to pray. I believe that all of us will learn to pray better and more effectively by participating in the group. Again, this is only a “collateral benefit” to our Friday morning prayer time.
In short, here are 3 ways to learn to pray:
- Have someone teach you.
- Have someone show you (model it).
- Start praying
I personally think the best way to learn how to do anything is by doing it. I could read books on prayer which I have and do. In fact, I’m reading a great one now. I can learn from watching other people pray, which I do. But the best way to learn to pray is to pray. So, if you are wanting to learn to pray, then let me encourage you to start today. In fact, right now would be a great time to start praying.
(Jesus said) Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive and your joy will be complete.” John 16:24