Do you have a hard time connecting in prayer? I do too…and that’s why again and again I go back to Jesus’ teachings about prayer whenever I’m in a rut. If you enjoy this, be sure to check out the Teach Me To Pray 7-Day printable journal.
For the longest time, I thought that I pretty much stink at praying.
Don’t get me wrong, I come to God regularly, maybe with a prayer list or journal in hand if I’m really on top of things.
But too many times, daily prayer has just been an item on my spiritual checklist, and as a result it has felt rote, aimless, boring and powerless.
I quickly lose focus and my mind wanders to what it thinks are more interesting pursuits.
That’s humbling to write.
I’ve wondered at times, What is wrong with me? Is there a “right” way to pray? Or a wrong way? What exactly does God expect us to say when he already knows our thoughts, anyway?
I think Jesus’ disciples wondered about some of these things. I’m guessing this is why he offered them many lessons on prayer.
Jesus came to a people who were very…religious. The Jewish leaders at the time loved marking all the right boxes, praying long and loud, making a show out of fasting and demonstrating to everyone how extremely godly they were.
And then there were the regular Joes like the rest of us mortals who probably felt a little inadequate and lost when talking to the LORD of the universe.
What made Jesus’ approach to prayer different was that it was an ongoing conversation in an intimate relationship with his Father, rather than religious act you could check off your daily list.
Along with Jesus’ other teachings, his words on prayer were tough pills to swallow.
And you know what? They’re still tough. But that’s what makes them so effective.
The secret to a powerful prayer life isn’t following some formula or method.
Rather, it’s about digging deep, asking yourself hard questions and humbly presenting your thoughts to your Creator. I mean, that just sounds life-changing, doesn’t it? And that’s the effect Jesus was after.
What if we could pray those kinds of prayers too? I believe we can. And these four often-forgotten teachings on prayer will help you do just that.
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